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Blue & Green Daily: Friday 29 August headlines



Blue & Green Daily finds and summarises the top sustainability stories around the web every morning. We start with our own picks from Blue & Green Tomorrow.

Samsung faces new child labour scandal at supplier factory

New lignite coal plants threaten EU climate change targets

Urgent action needed on climate change to cut health risks, warns WHO

Climate change will trigger global food crisis, says World Bank official

Majority of public unaware of scientific climate consensus


29 August headlines

Renewable energy capacity grows at fastest ever pace

Wind, solar and other renewable power capacity grew at its strongest ever pace last year and now produces 22% of the world’s electricity, the International Energy Agency has said in a new report. More than $250 billion was invested in ‘green’ generation systems in 2013. Guardian.

Shell could resurrect controversial Arctic drilling plan

Royal Dutch Shell could resurrect its controversial plan to drill for oil in the Alaskan Arctic after filing new plans with the US government. The FTSE 100 company put all work in the region on hold earlier this year. Telegraph.

Hairdryers may be next on hit list in EU power game

The EU could ban popular hairdryers, kettle and smartphones to try and slow climate change, it has been revealed. It follows the outlawing of vacuum cleaners with motors above 1,600 watts. The new EU rules being discussed, referred to as the ‘Ecodesign’ directive, could ban up to 30 home appliances. The Times.

UN seeks ‘Malala’ on climate change

Five hundred people are to learn if they have won the chance to vent their frustrations at world leaders over the stalemate on climate policy. They applied to address more than 100 heads of state and government at news month’s UN climate summit in New York. BBC.

Lending to small businesses under Bank of England’s FLS falls again

Net lending to small companies fell again in the second quarter of the year, despite reforms to the Funding for Lending Scheme designed specifically to boost the flow of credit to the sector. Independent.


Interesting picks

World’s energy watchdog slashes renewables forecast – City AM

Food industry develops taste for sustainability – Scotsman

Do bank analysts dream of electric cars? – Financial Times

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