Blue & Green Daily: Wednesday 25 June 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.

Future sustainability leaders: Alice Goodbrook

Ecosystem services: if they are so important, why did no one notice them before?

Nuclear power: small isn’t beautiful, safe or cheap

Climate scientists need professional body to communicate evidence

Divestment: University of Dayton first Catholic university to ditch fossil fuels


25 June headlines

Controversial Seralini study linking GM to cancer in rates is republished

French scientist who in 2012 wrote a contested study linking pesticides-treated genetically-modified corn with cancer in lab rates returned to the attack on Tuesday, republishing their work online. The journal that originally published it withdrew it following criticism. The raw data has also been placed in the public domain for others to scrutinise, the researchers said. Guardian.

City minister says regulation for challenger banks could be toned down

The City minister has indicated that regulation on smaller banks could be relaxed as part of an attempt to promote competition in the sector. Andrea Leadsom, the economic secretary to the Treasury, told an industry conference that “competition should always trump regulation” and so-called “challenger banks” could have less onerous rules than larger ones. Telegraph.

Widespread impacts of neonicotinoids ‘impossible to deny’

Neonicotinoid pesticides are causing significant damage to a wide range of beneficial species and are key factors in the decline of bees, say scientists. Researchers, who have carried out a four-year review of the literature, say the evidence of damage is now “conclusive”. The scientists say the threat to nature is the same as that once posed by notorious chemical DDT. BBC.

Tackling climate change would grow global economy, World Bank says

Fighting climate change would help grow the world economy, according to the World Bank, adding up to $2.6 trillion a year to global GDP in the coming decades. The report also advance on the work of economists who have argues that it will be far more costly in the long run to delay action on climate change. Guardian.

Leading former Republicans launch report warning climate change ‘to cost billions’

George Bush’s former treasury secretary has warned that the US economy is “vulnerable to an overwhelming number of risks” from climate change as he helped launch a stark new report on the dangers of global warming. Hank Paulson, along with Michael Bloomberg, hope the report will lift the issue of a warming planet above the partisan fray of American politics. Telegraph.


Interesting picks

Common sense on climate change – Financial Times

Are socially responsible funds right for you? – Chicago Tribune

Ethical investing for the long term – Standard Life Investments comments – Investment Europe

Climate change risk for investments, but growth opportunities exist – Canadian Underwriter

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