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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. 

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.

In pictures: A good catch, celebrate sustainable fishing on World Fisheries Day!

Posted by Angela Glienicke — 20 November 2015 at 4:21pm - Comments
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Local Malagasi fishing boat in the port of Diego, Madagascar.

Every year on the 21 November fishing communities around the world celebrate World Fisheries Day and remind us that we need to ensure a healthy oceans ecosystem with plenty more fish swimming in the sea. More than two-thirds of the world’s fisheries have been overfished and unsustainable fishing methods like bottom trawling or the use of FAD's (Fish Aggregation Devices) threaten to deplete fish stocks.

10 shocking facts showing how companies are still trashing Indonesia’s rainforests

Posted by Danielle Boobyer — 20 November 2015 at 11:37am - Comments
Orphaned orangutan and palm oil plantation
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Forest destruction and orphaned orangutan

For months, forest fires raged across Indonesia bringing the world's attention to the country's devastating forest destruction. Both people and orang-utans were endangered as the fires raged and a thick, choking haze swept across Southeast Asia.

These forest fires were a legacy of decades of destruction by palm oil and paper companies. Despite 'no deforestation' promises held by companies, forests are still being trashed.

Here's 10 shocking facts showing the scale of Indonesia's forest destruction, and why it needs to stop now.

A Government Minister just lobbied himself

Posted by Rukayah Sarumi — 19 November 2015 at 8:14am - Comments
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George Eustice and other parliamentary candidates back the Coastal Champions campaign in April 2015

The Fisheries Minister George Eustice just received a petition signed by himself, calling on himself to implement the measures George Eustice believes that George Eustice should take in redistributing fishing quota to small, sustainable, fishing vessels.

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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Another bad day for Indian democracy

Posted by Vinuta Gopal — 6 November 2015 at 3:44pm - Comments
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'You can't muzzle dissent in democracy' projected onto Safdarjung Tomb, Delhi

I have been working for Greenpeace India for 14 years, and in that time I've been involved in dozens of campaigns to protect India's environment and the rights of people. You can find many of those campaign stories on our histories page.

Did the government just ban fracking in national parks?

Posted by Hannah Martin — 6 November 2015 at 10:29am - Comments
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Areas like the North Yorks Moors, pictured here, remain at risk of horizontal drilling

You might have heard the news this week that - as a result of public pressure - the government launched a consultation on banning fracking from the surface of some conservation areas.

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