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Blue & Green Daily: Friday 4 July 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.

Sustainable business is simply ‘doing business in a better way’

Online tool highlights importance of non-financial information for investors

Caribbean coral reefs in ‘alarming’ decline, but problem can be reversed

University of Glasgow advisers suggest total divestment from fossil fuels within 10 years

Climate change to ‘substantially’ impact on coffee production this decade


4 July headlines

Study maps fracking methane risk to drinking water

A major study into the potential of fracking to contaminate drinking water with methane has been published. The British Geological Survey and the Environment Agency have mapped where key aquifers in England and Wales coincide with locations of shale. The research reveals this occurs under nearly half of the area containing the principles natural stores of water. BBC.

Home insulation installs ‘have collapsed because of UK policies’

The installation of measures to help homes save energy has collapsed as a result of government policies, campaigners have said. The number of energy efficiency measures installed under national programmes fell 60% in the past year, down from a peak of 1.65 million in 2012/13 to 661,000 in 2013/14, research commissioned by the Energy Bill Revolution campaign showed. Guardian.

Barack Obama: We have unfinished business on Wall Street bonuses

Barack Obama has promised a crackdown on Wall Street bonuses, saying the culture at big banks encourages risky trading and jeopardising the stability of the financial system. The US president said he had “unfinished business” over a system that allows traders to earn huge rewards if risky bets succeed, but makes them unaccountable if the bet fails. Telegraph.

Wastewater from energy extraction ‘triggers US quake surge’

Massive injections of wastewater from the oil and gas industry are likely to have triggered a sharp rise in earthquakes in the state of Oklahoma. Researchers say there has been a forty-fold increase in the rate of quake in the US state between 2008 and 2013. The scientists found that disposal of water in four high-volume wells could be responsible for a swarm of tremors up to 35km away. BBC.


Interesting picks

The only way is ethics – FT Adviser

World Bank and UN carbon offset scheme ‘complicit’ in genocidal land grabs – NGOs – Guardian

Why investments that do good make good business sense – MSN News

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