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Blue & Green Daily: Wednesday 24 September 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.

UN climate summit: ‘it will take everyone to change everything’

Marine energy generating £217m for Scottish economy

Prince Charles: we must act on climate change, ‘before it is too late’

Rockefellers amongst philanthropists committing to fossil fuel divestment

UN climate summit opens in New York


24 September headlines

France promises $1bn for climate change fund at UN summit

France promised $1bn to a near-empty climate change fund for poor countries on Tuesday and called for the establishment of a new green economy in the first concrete result of a milestone United Nations summit. The pledge came on a day of impassioned speeches from some 120 presidents and prime ministers – as well as a cameo by the actor and now UN ambassador Leonardo DiCaprio – telling the summit they had wasted precious time and now needed to deal urgently with climate change. Guardian.

Liberia signs ‘transformational’ deal to stem deforestation

Liberia is to become the first nation in Africa to completely stop cutting down its trees in return for development aid. Norway will pay the impoverished West African country $150m (£91.4m) to stop deforestation by 2020. BBC.

Boris Johnson wins international award for London’s air quality efforts

Boris Johnson, mayor of London, surprised clean air campaigners on Tuesday night by winning a prestigious international award for his efforts to improve the city’s air quality. The city faces stiff fines from Brussels over its repeated breaches of European Union air quality standards. Guardian.

Farming and science ‘vital for sustained development’

Scientific advances can help “climate-proof” farming systems around the globe, especially in developing nations, a conference will hear. The Development Dialogues meeting will consider the role agriculture can play in delivering food security, poverty alleviation, health and nutrition. BBC.

Solar plane to fly around the world in energy saving campaign

Two Swiss pilots plan to fly a solar-powered plane around the earth, pushing human endurance as well as the boundaries of a technology that the aviators say isn’t anywhere near reaching its full potential for industry. Bloomberg.


Interesting picks

UN climate change summit in New York – live coverage – Guardian

Clean growth is a safe bet in the climate casino – Financial Times

The link between Big Business and Big Green – Bloomberg

Why our brains are wired to ignore climate change and what to do about it – Guardian

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