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Dear Leaders - The eyes of the world are watching you!

Posted by Aakash Naik — 30 November 2015 at 6:06pm - Comments
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It's finally happening, COP21 aka the most important meeting ever, is finally underway. 

Leaders from around the world have reached Paris and will have a chance to come together, cooperate and put together a plan that seriously combats the worst effects of climate change.  

You might have switched on your TV screens this week and seen the news presenter say something about COP21, that’s because hundreds of thousands of people from around the world have shown leaders and the media, that the climate isn't an issue they can continue to ignore anymore. 

Don't believe everything you read in the papers.

Posted by Graham Thompson — 30 November 2015 at 4:54pm - Comments
Viscount Ridley explains where that £27 billion went.
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Are we certain we are not overreacting, m'lud?

Like the good little ecomodernist he is, Viscount Ridley (AKA Matt King Coal, science correspondent for Murdoch’s Times, owner of Britain’s biggest open-cast coal mine and the man who inherited and then broke Northern Rock) has been busy recycling old myths into comment pieces, for the Times and the Wall Street Journal.

Britain’s leading firms have a suggestion for Cameron’s Paris speech

Posted by Stefano Gelmini — 28 November 2015 at 12:49pm - Comments
When Cameron visited Greenpeace in 2007 he spoke of the need for green energy. Now his policies fail to match his words

With global climate talks set to being in Paris next week, David Cameron's speech writers must have spent a few sleepless nights thinking of what the prime minister could say as he stands up in front of his fellow world leaders on Monday.

New petition: Government must respect Lancashire council's decision to say no to fracking

Posted by Richard Casson — 27 November 2015 at 6:27pm - Comments
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'Frack Free Zone' signs along Blackpool Promenade, Lancashire

You might have heard today that the government has announced it will 'call in' the decision over fracking in Lancashire. What this means is that, depsite Lancashire county council voting against the shale gas industry back in June, the government now intends to have the final say.

The Long March Back to the 20th Century

Posted by Graham Thompson — 26 November 2015 at 11:58am - Comments
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Whilst the influence of George Osborne on energy and environment policies has long been of concern, the progress made on the international stage by Blair and Prescott, and on the domestic front by Miliband’s Climate Change Act, plus the restraining influence of the Lib Dems during the coalition, have meant that that the UK’s progress on climate issues has been substantial enough to take time and effort to undo.

However, Osborne has the time, and appears to be putting in the effort.

Everything you need to know about the Climate March this Sunday

Posted by Holly Dove — 26 November 2015 at 11:11am - Comments
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Join the march!

Why are we marching? 
To make sure politicians - especially David Cameron - hear our message that people and planet must come first. As he heads to the Climate Negotiations (COP21) in Paris, we want him to have the image of thousands of people marching for our planet in his mind. 

8 ideas for replacing coal power and keeping the lights on - without trashing the planet

Posted by Richard Casson — 24 November 2015 at 6:36pm - Comments

With the UK set to wean itself off coal power over the next decade, what will take its place to keep the lights on?

Climate stories: environment, colonial legacies and systemic change

Posted by Anna Lau — 23 November 2015 at 5:27pm - Comments
Survivors of Hurricane Katrina are taken to safety
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Victims of Hurricane Katrina were predominantly African American

Guest blogger Anna Lau reflects on how a failure of UN negotiations (and the Northern environmental movement more widely) to address the legacy of colonialism will hinder our ability to take meaningful action against climate change.

Old King Coal, Your Days Are Numbered

Posted by Anonymous — 18 November 2015 at 2:43pm - Comments
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The government has announced that coal power stations, like Drax pictured here, will close by 2025

There is news worth celebrating coming from the Department of Energy and Climate Change today.

The UK has just become the first G20 economy to stamp a clear expiry date on coal, one of the main drivers of climate change. Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Amber Rudd has pledged to phase coal out of our energy mix entirely by 2025.

5 things you need to know about the climate talks, COP21

Posted by Fran G — 9 November 2015 at 4:24pm - Comments

1.  What is COP21?

Between 30 November and 11 December 2015 a bunch of politicians and global leaders from over 190 countries will be involved in the United Nations 21st Conference of the Parties (‘COP21′, as it’s known). They’re meeting in Paris to try and agree a global legally binding climate treaty.

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