Blog: Climate

Shell's arctic drilling plans just got Presidential approval

Posted by Rachael Prokop — 1 April 2015 at 11:04am - Comments
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Polar bears on sea ice in Chukchi Sea

This is outrageous. Today, the Obama administration announced a plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and then followed that up by approving Shell’s climate-killing plan to drill in the Arctic.

The top five green policies that weren't in the budget

Posted by sgelmini — 18 March 2015 at 12:36pm - Comments
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image from IF coalition campaign

In 2009, George Osborne told us that if he became Chancellor "the treasury will become a green ally, not a foe." There appears to have been some confusion about what is expected of a 'green ally', so, to clarify things, here's what he should have done.

Coal pollution limits worse than China - is that the best we can do?

Posted by Lawrence Carter — 5 March 2015 at 9:38am - Comments
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Some cities in China are notorious for poor air quality

New rules that were supposed to help tackle deadly air pollution in Europe could result in weaker rules than are currently in place in China (notorious for its poor air quality), a Greenpeace investigation has revealed.

RSPB, Oxfam, the WI and a whole host of others club together to urge date for coal phase out

Posted by Lawrence Carter — 2 March 2015 at 10:34am - Comments
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In 2008 a coalition formed to oppose plans to expand Kingsnorth coal plant. Many of the same organisations that supported these protests have written to David Cameron again this week.

A couple of weeks ago David Cameron, Nick Clegg, and Ed Miliband signed an agreement to work together to tackle climate change. This announcement included an unprecedented pledge to phase out the UK's unabated coal power stations – our number one source of carbon pollution.

In pictures: Turning down the heat on Polar Bear Day

Posted by Angela Glienicke — 26 February 2015 at 2:59pm - Comments
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A young polar bear cub becomes fascinated with a 'reference sphere' used by an architect who was collaborating with scientists studying Arctic sea ice.

A very special day is almost upon us! Polar Bear Day on 27 February celebrates the world's largest bear, raising awareness about issues like climate change and oil exploration which threaten the existence of this impressive hunter.

Political pact to quit coal is a win for the climate

Posted by Richard Casson — 19 February 2015 at 12:45pm - Comments
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Last September, 50 people stopped a train carrying coal to Cottam coal power station

It's not often that politicians put aside their differences to work together. But last weekend, with little fanfare, David Cameron, Nick Clegg, and Ed Miliband signed up to a new pact – an agreement to work together to tackle climate change.

Great news! UK makes pact to quit climate-wrecking coal

Posted by Lawrence Carter — 16 February 2015 at 11:48am - Comments
Pile of coal
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Burning coal is one of the world's largest sources of carbon emissions

In case you missed it, on Saturday we heard some big news. In a surprising move in the run up to the general election, David Cameron, Nick Clegg and Ed Miliband launched a joint pact stating that the UK will aim to the first major economy to end unabated coal burning.

Scotland and Wales blocked fracking. Here’s how we can push England to follow

Posted by Richard Casson — 12 February 2015 at 2:24pm - Comments
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Two weeks ago, Scotland was the first country within Britain to introduce a moratorium on fracking. Citing the need for further research and a full public consultation, the Scottish government put in place an open-ended ban. And then hot on the heels of Scotland, the Welsh government announced it will freeze fracking too.

Fracking - what a week it's been!

Posted by Richard Casson — 30 January 2015 at 4:02pm - Comments
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A giant fracking monster outside Parliament on Monday

If we learned one thing in the last 7 days it’s this -- when it comes to stopping fracking, the world moves fast! In case you missed the dramatic news, here’s what happened...

MPs have given the thumbs up to fracking - but this one's far from over

Posted by simon clydesdale — 27 January 2015 at 6:01pm - Comments
Our petition asking MPs to say no to fracking under homes reached 361,736 signat
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Our petition asking MPs to say no to fracking under homes reached 361,736 signatures

Yesterday, after much wrangling, the Infrastructure Bill was approved by MPs. The government had designed this new legislation to be the fracker’s charter. But it has now emerged in a rather different form than Mr Cameron and the fracking industry planned when they first concocted their irresponsible wishlist to help them frack across the UK.

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