UNESCO has made their call on the status of the Great Barrier Reef. They have confirmed the Great Barrier Reef is still at risk and they will keep a close watch on our natural wonder. What does it mean, and what now?
Greenpeace activists climb onto the top of a plane at London Heathrow Airport
This morning the Davies Commission reported back on airport
expansion in the South East of England. To the surprise of absolutely no-one,
Davies recommends a third runway at Heathrow, and then tries to make a case
that this can be delivered within the UK’s legally binding carbon budget.
Inevitably that case is riddled with holes you could fly an airbus through,
which, in a way, is the job it was intended to do.
Bob Dennett, Frack Free Lancashire [centre], celebrates victory against Cuadrilla
After Lancashire County Council unexpectedly rejected Cuadrilla’s application to frack at Preston New Road on Monday, I wanted to hear a bit more of the story from someone at the frontline of this monumental decision. Bob Dennett is a co-founder of Frack Free Lancashire. He told me a bit about the story that led to Monday’s campaign win, and the fight that still lies ahead.
You may have heard that natural gas is needed as a 'bridging fuel' until renewable technologies are fully developed. You may have heard that electric vehicles will be popular once 'range anxiety' is cured amongst the motoring public by extending battery life and reducing charging times.
There's a story on the Guardian website today which has thrown up questions about what happened to the land that we bought some years ago to block plans for a third runway at Heathrow. It claims that the land was sold back to its original owner (which is true, and with good reason) and that we didn't publicise this (which is also true, also with good reason).
Local protests at Preston Town Hall earlier this week
As I write this, the Lancashire County Council planning committee charged with approving or rejecting Cuadrilla’s applications to frack for shale gas in the county, is at a stalemate. With seven members of its fifteen moving to approve the application at Preston New Road, seven standing to reject it, and one councillor abstaining, the vote - which was expected to be decided on Wednesday - has been delayed until Monday.
The North West Energy Task Force has been at it again. In the final days before Lancashire Council takes a critical decision over fracking, the Task Force’s PR team has fired into life and launched a new round of ads evangelising the benefits of shale gas.
Just a few weeks ago we started this campaign by asking a very simple question: is Standard Chartered helping to find money for one of the planet’s most destructive fossil fuel projects that threatens the Great Barrier Reef? We asked this question in front of Standard Chartered’s shareholders at their AGM in London.
On Wednesday, Lancashire County Council will be deciding whether to approve Cuadrilla’s plans to frack at sites in Lancashire. On the eve of their decision, hundreds of us from across Lancashire will gather outside the council offices in Preston to tell the council to keep fracking out of Lancashire.
Come and join us! Read on for all the logistical information you need.