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Blue & Green Daily: Thursday April 3 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.

21st century leadership: from business as usual to business as a force for good

International Tourism Partnership: the hotels that are shaping the future of tourism

What is causing the high levels of air pollution in the UK?

Government and BBC failing to communicate climate change, say MPs

Private investment in sustainable economy set to reach $10tn by 2020


3 April headlines

Renewable companies worry about Tory green strategy

Renewable energy companies are concerned about the possibility of a Tory victory in 2015 as it emerged Nick Clegg had thwarted Conservative proposals for a moratorium on new onshore windfarms. The news comes at a sensitive time, given that only last week Cameron was praising the decision by Siemens to invest in an offshore wind turbine factory. Financial Times.

Smog over Britain: Air Pollution ‘will get worse’ as more drivers choose diesel powered cars

The smog-like conditions, which brought a haze to swathes of Britain, will become even more frequent as diesel car ownership soars, a leading pollution expert has warned. Diesel engine emissions pose the single greatest public health challenge for UK cities in the years to come, claims Timothy Baker of King’s College London. Independent.

Arctic sea ice falls to fifth lowest level on record

Arctic sea ice has remained on its death spiral, with the amount of winter ice cover falling to its fifth lowest on the satellite records, scientists at the National Snow and Ice Data Centre have said. The scientists said Arctic sea ice extent for March averaged 4.80m sq km. That’s 730,000 sq km below the 1981-2010 satellite average. Guardian.

SSE boss attacks ‘scaremongering’ over energy competition probe

Energy companies should not “scaremonger” over the impact of a competition probe, the chief executive of SSE has said, in a thinly-veiled attack on rival Centrica. He added that the remit of a Competition and Market Authority investigation into the energy sector should in fact be widened to take in issues such as smart meters, the cost of new power plants and energy price-comparison websites. Telegraph.

Sentinel satellites promise data explosion

The wettest winter on record in the UK saw the British government take the unprecedented step of activating the International Charter [on] Space and Major Disasters three times in two months. From today, there will be a new radar satellite in orbit, which could send back valuable information on how our climate is changing. BBC.


Interesting picks

Climate change and risk management – Financial Times

The toxic truth about air pollution: a lethal scandal of British inaction – Guardian

Sustainable tourism: 10 key issues investors should consider – Guardian

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