Lord Stern: Cameron’s claims of UK fracking boom ‘baseless’

A summary of today’s top climate and clean energy stories.
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UK: Lord Stern, author of the hugely influential Stern review on the financial implications of climate change, has dismissed David Cameron’s claims that a fracking boom in the UK can bring down the price of gas in the UK as “baseless”. (Independent)

UK: The company at the heart of the anti-fracking protests in Sussex is applying for new licences to drill for oil in the local area, to the fury of campaigners, and is planning to reopen its Lancashire operations within weeks. (Guardian)

UK: Greenpeace UK chief John Sauven outlines why he thinks the lobbying bill became the ‘charity gagging bill’ (Greenpeace)

EU: Germany should not dismiss gas fracking technology that has boosted US industry, nor unilaterally overexpose itself to climate protection efforts says European Energy Commissioner Günther Oettinger (Euractiv)

Ethiopia: Norway’s government has agreed to spend $63 million to help fund two land-use programs in Ethiopia that will tackle forest and land degradation, the World Bank, which is partnering in the projects, said on Tuesday. (Point Carbon)

World Bank: Leading development bank says it is planning “aggressive action” to help developing nations cut emissions of soot and other air pollutants blamed for causing climate change, in a shift also meant to protect human health and aid crop growth. (Reuters/Trust.org)

Pacific Islands: Cuts in greenhouse-gas emissions must start immediately to save low-lying islands, said Nauru’s ambassador to the United Nations speaking on Monday at a panel of climate experts here on the eve of the Pacific Islands Forum summit. (Islands Business)

Australia: An incoming Coalition government would risk “serious legal consequences” if it tried to stop the Clean Energy Finance Corporation from funding new projects without convincing parliament to repeal the legislation setting up the $10bn green bank (Guardian)

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