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Blue & Green Daily: Monday 21 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.

Together in Electric Dreams?

Abundance Generation’s Karl Harder on being part of the bigger conversation

Scientists to investigate Arctic sea ice melt with sensors and aquatic robots

Former environment secretary Owen Paterson to give lecture to climate-sceptic campaign group

Marshall Islands minister: 2015 climate agreement ‘a matter of life or death’


21 July headlines

UK shale regulation inadequate to ensure safety, report shows

Shale gas exploration in the UK lacks adequate regulation to protect public health and the environment, according to a report by scientists. Exploitation of the resource may also undermine efforts to tackle climate change, according to the document published by the Scientists for Global Responsibility and the Chartered Institute for Environmental Health. Bloomberg.

I was sacked by David Cameron to appease ‘the green blob’, says Paterson

Owen Paterson has suggested that David Cameron’s decision to sack him as environment secretary was driven by his desire to appease the “powerful, self-serving” environmental lobby – dismissed by Paterson as “the green blob”. Writing in an article Paterson does not criticise Cameron’s decisions to sack him but Paterson reportedly told Cameron that his dismissal would alienate voters. Guardian.

Shuttle diplomacy in climate shutdown

A senior British minister is once again launched on a long-haul high-carbon mission of shuttle diplomacy in the cause of tackling climate change. The target is to try to land an international deal on limiting greenhouse gases at what is billed as a major summit in Paris in late 2015. BBC.

Skyfall location in Scottish Highlands blighted by litter and fly-tipping

The spectacular Scottish Highland location of Glen Etive, used as James Bond’s ancestral home in Skyfall, is under threat after suffering extensive damage from littering campers and fly-tippers. Local residents have set up a Facebook page to document the environmental destruction campers are causing along the 14-mile glen. Guardian.

Current accounts are costly and confusing, says competition Watchdog as it launches enquiry into the big banks

Complicated overdraft charges make it impossible for bank customers to choose the cheapest or most appropriate account for them. As a result banks may not be bothering to compete with each other, leading to higher overdraft charges for all. That’s the damming conclusion of the Competition and markets Authority. Independent.


Interesting picks

India’s forest cover is on the up – but are the numbers too good to be true?  – Guardian

ESG factors gaining global exposure – Investments & Pensions

Britain: Europe’s top attraction for investors – Independent

An ethical investing portfolio – Intelligent Investor

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