Blue & Green Daily: Monday 20 October 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.

Introducing… Good Money Week

Positive investment market grows to £3.25 billion

Good Money Week: Barchester Green names top five ethical funds

CAER stands by ANU fossil fuel divestment advice

Scotland to charge 5p for single-use plastic bags


20 October headlines

Environment secretary Liz Truss under fire over plan to scrap solar farm subsidies

Environment secretary Liz Truss has come under fire after branding solar farms “a blight on the landscape” and announcing plans to scrap subsidies for new developments. Campaigners accused Truss of echoing the language and behaviour of her predecessor, Owen Paterson. Independent.

Antarctic conference to vote on huge marine parks amid strained relations

Tense international relations could sway the outcome of vital research and protection proposals for the Antarctic, the head of a global meeting of scientists say. Russia and China are among 25 delegate nations meeting in Hobart, both countries have previously opposed the creation of two huge marine protected areas. Guardian.

Cheap African solar energy could power UK homes in 2018

Investors are seeking funding from the UK government for an ambitious plan to import solar energy generated in North Africa. Under the scheme, up to 2.5 million UK homes could be powered by Tunisian sunshine by 2018. BBC.

Amazon deforestation picking up pace, satellite data reveals

The deforestation of the Brazilian Amazon has accelerated rapidly in the past two months, underscoring the shortcoming of the government’s environmental policies. Satellite data indicated a 190% surge in land clearance in August and September. Guardian.

Insurers press Osborne to find £500m for flood defences

George Osborne will this week come under pressure to fund hundreds of millions of pounds extra to bolster Britain’s flood defences as insurers warn that inadequate investment puts tens of thousands or more homes at risk. Financial Times.


Interesting picks

Fossil fuel divestments are putting the Abbott government on notice – Guardian

Firms urged to cut financial jargon – Express & Star

Divestment campaign urges customers to boycott banks which support fracking and fossil fuel industry – Independent

Living ethically isn’t cheap, Vivienne – Guardian

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