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27 February headlines
Businesses seek urgent action on climate change after floods
Executives from some of Britain’s biggest companies have written to the Financial Times calling on Westminster to tackle the “growing risk of widespread flooding” which they link to climate change. Senior figures from the companies have urged the main political parties to address the causes of climate change and “look beyond the short term”. Financial Times.
Achim Steiner: shale gas rush ‘a liability’ in efforts to slow climate change
Shale gas could turn out to be “a liability” to global efforts to limit climate change, the United Nations’ top environmental official has warned. Achim Steiner has said there is a risk that switching from coal to natural gas would only delay the much more critical energy transition from fossil to renewable fuels. Guardian
Green Belt ‘at risk from’ roads policy
The Green Belt will be less protected than at any time since the Second World War under new government road and rail building plans, campaigners have claimed. A transport policy paper clears the way for developers to build on Green Belt land of they can claim the projects will satisfy the “national need for infrastructure and job creation”. Telegraph.
Credit Suisse ‘helped wealthy Americans hide billion in secret Swiss bank accounts’
Credit Suisse allegedly helped thousands of American customers avoid billion in taxes according to a scathing report released by a US Senate committee. The report alleges Switzerland second largest bank opened more than 22,000 bank accounts for US clients; helping them conceal assets and income. Independent.
Smell of forest pine can limit climate change – researchers
New research suggests a strong link between the powerful smell of pine trees and climate change. Scientists say they’ve found a mechanism by which these scented vapours turn into aerosols above boreal forests. These particles promote cooling be reflecting sunlight back into space and helping clouds to form. BBC.
Climate policy robs the world’s poor of their hopes – Financial Times