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Blue & Green Daily: Tuesday 13 May 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.

‘Does Magna Carta mean nothing to you? Did she die in vain?’

Who has the power to build a sustainable future?

Community energy projects need ‘support at all levels’ to flourish

Half of parents say financial services ‘not socially responsible’

Sharks at risk from fishing new ‘wall of death’ on British migratory routes


13 May headlines

Glacial region’s melt past ‘point of no return’, NASA says

A glacial region of western Antarctica that’s already melting rapidly has passed “the point of no return”, according to NASA. Eric Rignot, a glaciologist at NASA said, “The collapse of this sector of West Antarctic appears to be unstoppable.” The organisation estimates that glaciers in the Amundsen Sea region contain enough water to raise global sea levels by 1.2 meters. Bloomberg.

Solar industry leads 14% rise in renewables jobs, global data shows

The number of people working in the global renewable energy industry grew by 14% to 6.5 million in 2013, according to a new report from the International Renewable Energy Agency. However, employment in renewable energy in the UK is stagnating, according to the most recent government data. Guardian.

World’s first ‘climate change refugee’ has appeal rejected as New Zealand rules Ioane Teitota must return to South Pacific island of Kiribati

Ioane Teitota, from the South Pacific island nation of Kirbati, had hoped to become the world’s first climate change refugee. His low-lying homeland is likely to be engulfed by waves by the end of this century – and to become inhabitable long before then. However, a New Zealand court ruling took an old-fashioned view of what constitutes a refugee. Independent.

Scotland faces risk of capital flight, warns Deutsche

An independent Scotland faces the risk of “capital flight” if it cannot strike a deal to keep the pound, Europe’s largest investment bank has warned. Deutsche Bank said, “If Scotland votes ‘yes’ in September there will be a substantial amount of negotiation which need to be conducted, the most important financially being the choice of monetary regime, allocation of oil revenues and apportionment of public debt.” Telegraph.

Russia tells Ukraine to pay gas debt or supplies may halt

Russia’s state energy giant Gazprom has said it may halt natural gas shipments to Ukraine on 3 June unless the country pays in advance for supplies. Gazprom boss Alexei Miller said the move was because of outstanding debts. BBC.


Interesting picks

John Oliver on climate change sceptics: ‘You don’t need people’s opinions on a fact’ – Washington Post

Stopping climate change ‘almost impossible’ of China can’t quit coals, report says – Climate Progress

Should investors care if their stocks are ethical? – Investment Week

Sense and climate sensitivity – more evidence we’re in for a hot future – Guardian

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