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24 February headlines
Manufacturers warn chancellor over spiralling energy costs
Vital industries will be forced to invest overseas unless George Osborne acts to check the UK’s spiralling energy costs, manufacturers have warned the chancellor. In its Budget submission, the EEF says energy prices and green taxes are worrying the industry more than any other issue. Financial Times.
China must reduce ‘unbearable’ smog, government adviser says
Air pollution in China, the world’s biggest carbon emitter, has reached intolerable levels and the country should aggressively cut its reliance on coal, according to the government’s climate-change adviser. He described the pollution as reaching an “unbearable stage”. Bloomberg.
HS2: 50 ancient woods ‘under threat’
The high speed 2 rail project linking London to Birmingham will threaten more ancient woods than previously thought, with almost 50 at risk, campaigners have warned. The most up-to-date maps for the project’s first phase shows the number of woods destined to be lost or damaged stands at 49, compared to official estimates of 19. Telegraph.
Volcanic eruptions ‘contributed to global warming pause,’ scientists claim
The impact of volcanic eruptions on global warming could provide a new explanation for the so-called “pause” used by sceptics to deny climate change is happening, scientists have said. A study found that predicated temperature rises from 1998 onwards did not take into consideration the measurable impact volcanoes can have. Independent.
GM crops: European scientists descend on Africa to promote biotech
Africa is expected to be the next target of GM food companies, as European scientists and policymakers travel to Ethiopia to boost the prospect of growing more of the controversial crops on the continent. Critics have argued the meeting is a thinly disguised attempt to promote the crops at a governmental level. Guardian.
Financial services: an industry that says one thing, does another – Financial News