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23 May headlines
West Antarctic ice collapse ‘could drown Middle East and Asia crops’
The ongoing collapse of a large part of the Antarctica ice sheet could devastate global food supply, drowning vast areas of crop lands across the Middle East and Asia, according to new research. The report urges the Obama Administration to step up research funding – especially in developing countries – to help make up a projected gap in future food supply. Guardian.
Carbon loss from tropical forests ‘underestimated’
The amount of carbon lost from tropical forests is being significantly underestimated, a new study reports. In addition to loss of trees, the degradation of tropical forests by selective logging and fires causes large amounts of “hidden” emissions. BBC.
Billions of shale barrels under Home Counties
The government is expected to announce that the Weald Basin in southern England contains billions of barrels of shale oil, delivering a potentially huge boost to an embryonic industry in the UK. The announcement will set the scene for a stand-off between Britain’s small band of domestic shale explorers and the well-heeled residents of one of the Tories’ traditional heartlands. Financial Times.
Australia’s pollution u-turn threatening UN climate talks
Australia’s program to rein in pollution is losing momentum, the latest in a series of setbacks for the international effort to tackle climate change. With the highest per-capita fossil fuel emissions among industrial countries, Australia’s participation in UN-led climate talks is seen as crucial to sway China and India to step up pollution controls. Bloomberg.
AstraZeneca’s biggest shareholder urges fresh Pfizer talks
AstraZeneca’s biggest shareholder has raised the prospect of resurrecting a deal with Pfizer in three months’ time. BlackRock, which holds an 8% stake in the Anglo-Swedish drug maker, has urged the board to revive talks with Pfizer when the US drug giant can return a higher price. Telegraph.
Climate change and our cities – Daily Times
The ethical minefield of investment funds – Third Sector
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