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Blue & Green Daily: Tuesday 10 June 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.

Climate change will have a ‘major impact’ on food production

Are cities where sustainable futures will be made?

2016 Olympics: polluted Rio bay won’t be clean in time, says mayor

Four in five investors consider sustainability issues – PwC survey

‘Community environmentalism’ can push climate change up policy agenda, says thinktank


10 June headlines

Britain readies ‘last resort’ measures to keep the lights on

Britain may be forced to use “last resort” measures to avert blackouts in coming winters, Ed Davey, energy secretary. Is expected to say. Factories will be paid to switch off at times of peak demand in order to keep households’ lights on, if Britain’s dwindling power plants are unable to provide enough electricity, under the backstop measures from National Grid. Telegraph.

Fish stocks depleted in tropics as poorer nations feed themselves

Fishing in low-income countries with growing populations has led to severe depletion of fish numbers in the tropics, a new global study has found. Fishing in those regions now accounts for more than 40% of the wild marine catch it says. The number of fish caught in the tropics – particularly in south-east Asia – has increase while marine catch has decrease in the rest of the world. Guardian.

EU wildlife grants could be used to grow crops

Grants designed to protect the countryside may be controversially switched to pay England’s farmers to grow beans and peas. The EU’s new rules on subsidies oblige farmers to ensure than some of their land supports wild plants and animals. But during negotiations, farmers watered down the policy so planting crops that improve soil may be counted as helping wildlife. BBC.

Supreme Court rejects BP bid to halt Gulf of Mexico payments

The US Supreme Court has declined to block payments BP is required to pay businesses demanding compensation for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill while the company appeals a lower court ruling. The high court rejected the company’s emergency application, filed after a court of appeals lifted an injunction that prevented payments being made. Telegraph.

Australia and New Zealand condemn Japanese plan to resume whaling

Australia and New Zealand have reacted angrily to a new push by Japan to resume commercial whaling, just months after an international court banned its controversial “scientific” whale hunts in the Southern Ocean. Japan’s prime minister has said he will support a new campaign to collect scientific data and prove that whale populations could be properly managed even after a return to commercial slaughter. Guardian.


Interesting picks

The inevitable demise of the fossil fuel empire – Guardian

Forget climate change deniers – insurance companies are about to sue towns & cities who fail to prepare for climate change – Huffington Post

An innovative approach to fossil fuel-free investing – Seeking Alpha

Fighting climate change with taxpayer dollars isn’t a fight against freedom – it’s a fight against the end of the planet – Guardian

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