Guest Blog: Duncan Everett – If you don’t know is it your fault?

Nobody wants to fail but often the fear of failure can get in the way of success. So how do you break the ‘better to do nothing than fail’ barrier?

Extreme air pollution ‘could cut 21 years off your life’

A new report suggests particulate matter is particular dangerous, as tiny particles can “easily penetrate lung passageways” and cause “significant cardiovascular, cerebrovascular and respiratory damage”

Oil and gas infrastructure ‘is putting unborn children at risk’

The University of Colorado suggests pregnant women living in close proximity to gas wells and oil refineries could have up to a 70% greater chance of giving birth to babies with congenital heart defects

Cyberattacks on London’s power grid ‘could cost £111m a day’

A new report suggests a cyberattack on the capital city’s electricity networks would be likely to disrupt more than 1.5 million people

Almost half of largest-emitting firms still not ‘adequately considering climate’

A study published by the Transition Pathway Initiative also notes 25% of companies still do not disclose their carbon emissions

Bork Business 1 – Let’s talk risk

Bork Biz is your regular look at the world of business and work but not as you know it.

Coal power plant
Spanish reduction in coal use saves €952m in health costs

Falling use of the fossil fuel over 2015 and 2016 led to a 40.5% decrease in associated health impacts

Flooding
Annual investment of £1bn ‘needed to protect UK from floods’

An average annual investment of £1 billion will be necessary up to 2065 to protect properties and infrastructure in England from increasing flood damage.

Cyber-security
Energy firms ‘avoiding greater connectivity due to cyber threats’

Three-quarters of energy industry stakeholders said such dangers were proving a barrier to adoption

Government won’t make climate-related financial disclosures mandatory

Ministers have refused to listen to the recommendation made by the Environmental Audit Committee