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21 August headlines
SNP accused of exaggerating North Sea oil reserves by up to 60%
Sir Ian Wood, the most influential figure in the Scottish oil industry, has accused Alex Salmond’s government of exaggerating North Sea oil reserves by up to 60%. Revealing himself as an opponent of Scottish independence, Wood said North Sea oil reserves would begin to decline sharply within 15 years, raising questions about the future of the Scottish economy, jobs and its balance of payments if voters backed independence. Guardian.
Greenland ice loss doubles from late 2000s
A new assessment from Europe’s CryoSat spacecraft shows Greenland to be losing about 375 cu km of ice each year. Added to the discharges coming from Antarctica, it means Earth’s two big ice sheets are now dumping roughly 500 cu km of ice in the oceans annually. BBC.
Labour would allow UK regulator to revoke utilities’ licences
U.K. utilities would face having their licenses revoked if they break the rules under changes the Labour Party promises to introduce if elected next year. A new energy regulator would have the power to withdraw licenses if companies repeatedly breach their conditions and harm the interests of consumers, Caroline Flint, the shadow energy and climate change secretary, said. Bloomberg.
Antarctic hides extreme ecosystem
While the underbelly of Antarctica may not exactly be teeming with life, it certainly supports viable ecosystems. Scientists have pulled up thousands of different types of micro-organisms from Lake Whillans, a large body of water buried 800m under the ice sheet. It proves the dark, cold bottom of Antarctica is not a sterile domain. BBC.
When climate change denial is promoted in mainstream news – New Statesman
Investment insight: bond markets near tipping point – Money Marketing
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