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28 July headlines
UK shale licences attacked as ‘reckless race’
Energy companies will be invited on Monday to bid for a new round of fracking licences covering more than half the country, but ministers insist that tougher planning rules will put national parks out of bounds unless “exceptional circumstances” prevail. The opening of the first tender process in six years will open up swaths of the countryside to the controversial practice of gas extraction. Financial Times.
Bee research tainted by corporate funding, MPs say
Critical future research on the plight of bees risks being tainted by corporate funding, according to a report from MPs published on Monday. Pollinators play a vital role in fertilising three-quarters of all food crops but have declined due to loss of habitat, disease and pesticide use. New scientific research forms a key part of the government’s plan to boost pollinators but will be funded by pesticide manufacturers. Guardian.
Africa ‘missing out on biotech green revolution’
Sub-Saharan Africa’s agricultural sector needs to harvest the fruits of biotechnology in order to establish sustainable development, says a report. A key challenge is to attract funding for biotechnology projects on staple crops, such as cassava, it added. Commercial funders often ignore these crops because they have a limited market, it suggested. BBC.
Water scarcity and rising energy costs threaten mining industry
Access to water has become one of the most significant business risks for miners, says a report that also highlights the threat to the sector from rising energy costs in some resource-rich areas. Consultancy EY said affordable water and energy should now be viewed as one of the ten biggest problems for miners. Financial Times.
The challenges of ethical investment – Intelligent investor
Pacific summit to urge action on climate change – Yahoo News
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