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Blue & Green Daily: Monday 19 January 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.

It’s impossible for big oil and gas to adapt to decarbonisation, says environmentalist

Pope Francis: climate change is mostly man’s fault

Axa: climate risks should not be neglected from investment decisions

Human activity risking life on Earth, warn scientists


19 January headlines

2014 officially the hottest year on record

The year 2014 – after shattering temperature records that had stood for hundreds of years across virtually all of Europe, and roasting parts of South America, China and Russia – was the hottest on record, US government scientists have said. Guardian.

Falling oil prices threaten electric cars and biofuels

Tumbling oil prices look set to hit electric cars and biofuels harder than other parts of the green power industry, the head of the world’s leading renewable energy agency has warned. Financial Times.

Wind power ‘adds resilience to UK energy market’

Installing more wind turbines will make the UK’s energy market more resilient to global fossil fuel price shocks, an independent report has concluded. Dwindling domestic gas and coal supplies mean the nations would become dependent on volatile imports, it adds. BBC.

UK’s shale gas revolution falls flat with just 11 new wells planned for 2015

The UK government’s planned shale gas revolution has barely got out of the starting blocks with just 11 new exploratory wells for shale gas and oil due to be drilled this year even before the impact of plunging oil prices has fully begun to impact on the industry. Guardian.

Commercial bees threaten wild bees, say researchers

The trade in bees used for honey or to pollinate crops could have a devastating impact on wild bees and other insects, say scientists. New measures are needed to stop diseases carried by commercial bees spilling over into the wild, they add. BBC.


Interesting picks

The real climate debate after a sweltering 2014 – Financial Times

Seven themes that will dominate Davos 2015 – Guardian

Social investment: friend or foe? It’s complicated – Pioneers Post

Who are the future philanthropists? – Guardian

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