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Blue & Green Daily: Wednesday 13 August 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.

The appropriate arms trade: the UK’s most unsustainable market

Sustainability: will we wait until the tipping point?

Oil and gas companies take on more debt to cover shortfall

Thousands plan to protect against Cuadrilla fracking in Lancashire

German renewable energy sector sets new world record


13 August headlines

Support for fracking has declined to 24 per cent, energy department finds

Support for fracking in the UK has fallen, with less than a quarter of the public now in favour of extracting shale gas to meet the country’s energy needs, according to official government polling. The findings stand in contrast to an industry poll published earlier this week, which found 57% were in favour and just 16% were against. Telegraph.

Rising economies ‘ahead on climate’

Four of the world’s emerging economies have claimed that they are far ahead of developed countries in their efforts to slow climate change. Brazil, South Africa, India and China are known as the BASIC bloc in international climate negotiations. They have accused developed nations of keeping their carbon emission cuts ambitious at a low level. BBC.

Ten RBS executives get shares worth £3.5m in total

Bailed-out Royal Bank of Scotland has given ten top executives share awards worth a total of £3.5 million under a new pay scheme dodging tough new European Union rules on bankers’ bonuses. RBS, which is 81% owned by the government after its £45 billion bailout during the 2008 financial crisis, lost £8.2 billion last year – its sixth year of consecutive losses. Guardian.

Genetically modified flies ‘could save crop’

A type of genetically engineered fly, which eventually kills itself off, could be an effective method of pest control, according to new research. These male mutant flied have a lethal gene, which interrupts female development. They were trailed in a greenhouse resulting in a “population collapse”. If released into the wild, they could prevent damage to crops in a way that is cheap, and environmentally friendly, according to the researchers. BBC.


Interesting picks

Jenny Jones: ‘Boris gives credence to crank theories about climate change’ – Guardian

Ebola and climate change: are humans responsible for the severity of the current outbreak? – Newsweek

Meeting water and energy challenged in agri-food sector with technology – Guardian

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