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Blue & Green Daily: Wednesday 14 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.

Sustainable investment as a solution to the world’s ocean crisis

Glyndebourne: why the UK’s leading opera festival backs sustainability

IEA: shift to fossil fuels to renewable ‘long overdue’

DECC plans to scrap solar farm subsidy will ‘undermine investment’

London anaerobic digestion gets Green Investment Bank backing


14 May headlines

Sharp rise in percentage of onshore windfarms being rejected

The percentage of onshore windfarms being rejected rose dramatically in the UK last year, leading the renewable trade body to accuse the Conservative party of “heavy-handed intervention” in the planning process. Between 2009 and 2012 some 25-29% of applications were rejected, compared to the 41% in 2013. Guardian.

Spondon wind turbines interfere with East Midland Airport radar

Two giant wind turbines, erected in December, will not turn until later in the year because they cause interference with radar at an airport. The turbines, at a sewage treatment plant in Spondon, Derby, scramble radar signals at East Midlands Airport six miles away. As a result, the turbines will have to be fitted with “clever electronics” to solve the problem. BBC.

Climate change poses growing threat of conflict in the Arctic, report finds

Climate change poses a growing security threat and could causes conflict in the Arctic, a group of retired American general and admirals have said. In a new report, the former military officers said the Pentagon had been caught out by the rapid change under way in the Arctic because of the melting of the sea ice. Guardian.

Pfizer boss: shareholders not ministers have final say in AstraZeneca deal

Pfizer boss Ian Read has laid down a challenge to the government by claiming talks with minister over the AstraZeneca takeover bid do not amount to “negotiations” and that “shareholders will have the final say”. Mr Read’s remarks underline the government’s apparently limited powers to block the £63bn takeover deal. Telegraph.


Interesting picks

Will solar subsidy changes mean less renewable energy in the UK? – Guardian

Car technology driving more sustainable transport system – BBC

The worst case scenario in climate change is now happening – Policy Mic

‘Sustainable’ companies hide behind subsidiaries in secretive tax havens – Guardian

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