This week the UN climate summit kicked off in Paris. And on the first day of the talks, world leaders spent hours making long speeches about how they plan to rein in carbon emissions and help limit global warming.
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.
You really do need to speak to your father-in-law, George.
Coal and nuclear are dying, and the future of energy lies
in solar. This isn’t a Guardian reader’s fantasy, this is the established trend
in energy markets. This isn’t a declaration of victory over carbon dioxide
either – the trend isn’t fast enough to stop catastrophic climate change, at
least not yet – but it’s useful information for policy makers. Unless you’re
George Osborne, in which case it’s time to plough the nation’s remaining
finances into life support for nuclear and coal whilst standing athwart history
Hong Kong: Greenpeace activists unfurl a stair-riser banner in front of the Standard Chartered’s headquarters
As a contracted advisor to the planned Carmichael mega-mine, UK-based international bank Standard Chartered must be feeling rather exposed at the moment following a Hong Kong protest and then questions from Greenpeace at its annual general meeting in London.
Undeterred by the government of India trying to halt her speech when she was barred from boarding her flight to London, Greenpeace India campaigner Priya Pillai stuck to her commitment of taking the voices of struggle from Mahan to a global stage and addressed a gathering of MPs at the Parliament in London on Wednesday.
haven't heard so far, the Supreme Court of India cancelled 214 coal blocks
allocated to private companies since 1993, deeming them illegal. And one of
these coal blocks brings us to the story of Mahan, one of the oldest Sal
forests in Asia and livelihood to more than 50,000 people.
BREAKING: More than 50 people have stopped a train carrying
coal to Cottam power station and are now unloading its climate-wrecking cargo.
The train, transporting around 1,500 tonnes of coal to be burned in the power
station’s furnaces, was flagged down safely this afternoon as it
approached the power station.
Local people in Mahan, central India, come together to oppose mining in their forests.
In the village it is pitch dark by 7.30 pm. At the designated spot for the meeting, there are about 15 or 20 villagers holding solar lanterns. The meeting lasts over two hours and throughout that time, people keep coming and joining the conversation. Halfway into the meeting, I turn around to steal a quick look at the crowd and I am surprised at how large the group has become! It’s about a 100 people sitting, standing, leaning against their houses and trees, listening intently and waiting for their turn to speak.