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Blue & Green Daily: Tuesday 16 December 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 agreement ‘falls short’, says

Supermarket price war threatens ethical shopping

Arctic sea ice slightly down on 2013

UK increasingly dependent on imported fossil fuels


16 December headlines

Coal demand set to break 9bn tonne barrier this decade

Global coal use is on an upwards march despite calls to half fossil fuels demand at a UN climate summit in Peru and will hit a record 9 billion tonnes by 2019, according to the International Energy Agency. Guardian.

Half of South West rail lines at ‘flooding risk from climate change’

Almost half the length of Devon and Cornwall’s main rail lines are at risk of flooding because of climate change, an internal Network Rail report claims. BBC.

UK set for 2.5 billion-pound bill to keep plants open

UK utilities will today for the first time bid for government payments to keep their power plants open and avoid blackouts. The tender is intended to encourage power stations to stay connected to the network and spur building of new plants. Bloomberg.

Greenland ice sheet could be melting faster than thought possible

The Greenland ice sheet – the largest body of ice in the northern hemisphere – could melt faster than scientists have previously thought according to two independent studies suggesting that the loss could lead to a more rapid rise in global sea-levels. Independent.

Tropical rainforests not absorbing as much carbon as expected, scientists say

The increase in the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is not making trees in tropical forests grow faster, say scientist who have analysed over 1,100 individual trees from forests in Bolivia, Thailand and Cameroon. Guardian.


Interesting picks

Lima deal represents a fundamental change in global climate regime – Guardian

The long road from Lima to a global climate deal – Financial Times

Investing in nature: what governments can learn from Comoros – Guardian

Impact investing offers opportunity for wealth managers – Huffington Post

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