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17 March headlines
Planning for wind farms must be ‘urgently addressed’ says MSPs
A lack of clarity in planning for wind farms and onshore gas development must be “urgently addressed”, MSPs have said. The energy committee raised concerns over “buffer zones” between wind farms and local communities. The Scottish government said there was a duty to balance development with community and environmental needs. BBC.
Keep carbon tax, say green and nuclear energy chiefs
The Chancellor must resist calls to scrap his carbon tax in the budget this week because it remains the most cost-effective way of tackling climate change, energy giant EDF has argued. The company’s chief executive insisted that Britain “has the right policies on climate change and energy” and warned of the dangers of abandoning long-term policies. Telegraph.
Parisians driven to revolt by car ban in fight against pollution
The French government announced that half the cars in the city would be banned from the roads, starting on Monday, in an effort to combat smog pollution. A scheme of alternating driving days, based on odd and even number plates, will come into effect after Paris pollution reached dangerous levels for five consecutive days. Guardian.
Fears of faster rising global sea levels as ‘stable’ Greenland ice sheet starts to melt
Global sea levels may rise faster than anticipated due to rapid melting of the north-east corner of the Greenland ice sheet, according to scientists. This was widely considered to be cold and stable. Satellite measurement have shown this part of Greenland, which covers 16% of the ice sheet, has now begun to melt after years of stability. Independent.
Big banks put forex bonuses on hold
Barclays, Citigroup and Royal Bank of Scotland have frozen bonuses across swathes of their foreign exchange trading teams pending internal investigations into possible manipulation of key currency benchmarks. The cash and bonus suspensions are targeted on the wider team rather than just the traders under investigation. Financial Times.
There’s no choice: we must grow GM crops now – Guardian