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

Posted by Lawrence Carter — 2 March 2015 at 9:34am - 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 1:59pm - 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.

Result: Santander stops financing forest destroyer APRIL

Posted by Richardg — 26 February 2015 at 10:08am - Comments
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Great news: Santander just pledged to stop financing the paper company APRIL. Santander has agreed that APRIL will get no more money until it stops destroying the Indonesian rainforest.

Krill-gotten gains to fund Antarctic research

Posted by Willie — 24 February 2015 at 11:42pm - Comments
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Adelie penguins eat so much krill it can turn their poo pink. They'd probably like us not to eat any.

Scientific research and conservation need more cash. That’s sadly usually true. It’s especially the case in the Antarctic where research is expensive but absolutely essential given the massive environmental changes happening there.

But although new streams of funding should welcomed for Antarctic research, it’s also important to question where that funding comes from. After all, there’s just a sliver of a chance that some seemingly good PR is actually a mind-bogglingly cynical act of greenwashing.

New footage catches APRIL destroying the rainforest in Borneo

Posted by Richardg — 23 February 2015 at 1:23pm - Comments

Our research team has sent us the first batch of footage from the Indonesian rainforest. They were documenting rainforest destruction by APRIL - the paper company that Santander loaned millions of pounds to.

Political pact to quit coal is a win for the climate

Posted by Richard Casson — 19 February 2015 at 11:45am - 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 10:48am - Comments
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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.

UPDATE: Santander admits it's funding forest destruction

Posted by Richardg — 12 February 2015 at 3:04pm - Comments
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We've forced Santander to admit that it's bankrolling the destructive paper company APRIL. But the high street bank says it's 'monitoring the situation' and will 'act accordingly'. It's a cop out - and here's why.

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

Posted by Richard Casson — 12 February 2015 at 1:24pm - 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.

Challenging the UK government to lead the world in ocean protection.

Posted by Willie — 10 February 2015 at 4:02pm - Comments
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If I said to you that the UK government was responsible for rare sea turtles, endangered sharks, tropical coral reefs and quite possibly more penguins than any other country, you might think I was talking about some aquariums or zoos. It’s certainly not what you think about in UK seas, especially at this grey time of year (though of course we do have visiting turtles, many shark species, cold water corals, and puffins as penguin-wannabes). But across the world the UK has ‘overseas territories’. They are relics of a turbulent past when flags were planted across the world, and mostly, these days, they are islands – like Bermuda, Pitcairn, and Ascension. So, in turn, the amazing wildlife in the seas around these islands is effectively ‘British’.

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