Green News Round-up (The Guardian)

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Green news roundup: Lost bumblebee, shale gas and ‘ethical’ veal

The week’s top environment news stories and green events

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Bombus subterraneus, bumble bee

Bombus subterraneus, a bumble bee last seen in Britain in 1988. Farmers and conservationists are working to help an introduced colony breed in Kent. Photograph: Alamy

Environment news

‘Golden age of gas’ threatens renewable energy, IEA warns
Gas rebranded as green energy by EU
Bumblebee lost to UK makes comeback on Dungeness shingle
EU greenhouse gas emissions rise despite climate change policies
Solar power generation world record set in Germany
RBS involved in £40bn loans to fossil fuel companies in past six months
• Brazil’s leader vetoes portions of new Amazon rainforest law
GM crop-trial website taken down by cyber-attack

On the blogs

Cuadrilla shale gas drilling rig is set up for 'fracking', Weeton, Blackpool

How green is shale gas?
Hosepipe ban: what is allowed?
John Sauven: Who’s got their hands on all our fish?
The truth about Germany’s nuclear phase-out


Bornean Orangutan, Sabah, Malaysia

Week in wildlife – in pictures
Them and us: endangered animals – in pictures
Leuser, the Sumatran orangutan shot 62 times – in pictures
The Hard Rain Project Whole Earth exhibition – in pictures


A bunch of bananas

Sustainable development flourishing in Wales’s green economy
Are solar, wind and marine power too intermittent to be useful?
British veal poised for an ‘ethical’ comeback
How EU farming policies led to a collapse in Europe’s bird population

Best of the web

IPS: IKEA under fire for ancient tree logging
BusinessGreen: Renewable energy investors fear UK dash for gas, says Ernst & Young
Ecologist: How Fairtrade bananas are failing migrant workers
BusinessGreen: UK green economy grew £5.4bn in 2011
For more of the best environment comment and news from around the web, visit the Guardian Environment Network.

…And finally

Tuna contaminated with Fukushima radiation found in California
Scientists amazed that bluefins swimming in Pacific five months after Japanese disaster contained tiny amounts of caesium

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