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Blue & Green Daily: Thursday 19 March 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.

Budget 2015: summary

Report calls for next government to prioritise climate change and environment

Fossil fuel investments ‘risky’, says Ed Davey

Budget 2015: Not the greenest government ever

From the archives: Blue & Green Tomorrow’s budget coverage since 2011


19 March headlines

CO2 cuts claim sees ministers challenged by experts

The UK government’s claim to lead the world in cuts of carbon emissions has been challenged by researchers. Experts argue UK emissions are rising overall because current calculations omit pollution from imported goods. BBC.

More than 10,000 people call on Dutch pension fund to divest from fossil fuels

More than 10,000 people have called on the fifth largest pension fund in the world to divest from oil, coal and gas, Members of the Dutch pension fund ABP handed over a petition to the fund manager’s calling for them to remove fossil fuels from its $360 billion portfolio. Guardian.

Budget 2015: Favourable tide for hydroelectric lagoons

Chancellor George Osborne has thrown his weight behind the start of negotiations that could deliver taxpayer support for the construction of a tidal lagoon off Swansea, capable of delivering large volumes of renewable energy to the UK grid. Financial Times.

African Development Bank defends lending for coal power

The African Development Bank’s president is defending his decision to continue financing power plants that use coal, despite pressure from environmental groups and UN officials to shift more funds towards cleaner energy. Bloomberg.

Amazon’s trees removed nearly a third less carbon in last decade – study

The amount of carbon the Amazon’s remaining trees removed from the atmosphere fell by almost a third last decade, leading scientists to warn that manmade carbon emissions would need to be cut more deeply to tackle climate change. Guardian.


Interesting picks

The quiet revolution that’s changing the way we use energy – Guardian

Climate change dwarfs all other social problems – The Record

Let’s get ethical – City AM

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