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Environment & Energy

The overwhelming consensus amongst scientists is that climate change and global warming is caused by humans; that it’s having a damaging affect on weather patters, accelerating extinction of wildlife, negatively impacting on agriculture, water supply, sea level, air quality. If we don’t radically change our diets, our fuel supply, the way capitalism recklessly plunders the world’s dwindling resources, we will enter a period of global food shortages, mass migration and conflict.


Bikes against Bulldozers: Extinction Rebellion head to Heathrow demanding promise to cancel third runway be kept

press@risingup.org.ukPhone: +44 7561098449 / +44 7482729729 Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Media Assets | New – Crowdfund the #ElectionRebellion!#ElectionRebellion #UpgradeDemocracy #ThreeDemandsBill Extinction Rebellion to take a critical mass of cyclists to Heathrow on Sunday and perform a symbolic ‘lie-in’ in front of a bulldozer Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, and Shadow Chancellor, John McDonnell have been invited to join activists and commit to their promise of lying in front of…

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National greenhouse gas reporting needs an overhaul – it’s time to directly measure the atmosphere

National greenhouse gas reporting needs an overhaul – it’s time to directly measure the atmosphere Junk Culture / shutterstock How much greenhouse gas is emitted by any individual country? With global emissions of carbon dioxide hitting a record of 36.8 billion tonnes this year, and delegates gathering in Madrid for the latest UN climate talks, it’s a pressing question. One might assume that we know precisely how much is emitted…

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NASA Highlights Solar Mission, Jupiter Cyclone at AGU Meeting

NASA Highlights Solar Mission, Jupiter Cyclone at AGU Meeting NASA researchers will present new findings on a wide range of Earth and space science topics at the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union (AGU), Dec. 9-13 in San Francisco. Source: NASA Earth News http://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-highlights-solar-mission-jupiter-cyclone-at-agu-meeting

Breaking COP25: Extinction Rebellion occupies Zara on Madrid’s Gran Via – ‘Greenwashing is a COP out – Green words, toxic truths’

 press@risingup.org.uk Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | COP25 Media Assets Around 30 Extinction Rebellion activists have today occupied Zara on Gran Via, with people glued on to the windows inside the store. People are holding banners saying ‘Green words, toxic truth’ outside Zara which is part of INDITEX group – one of the world’s largest fashion retailers – to highlight how corporates are using greenwashing strategies in the face of…

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I’ve seen mass tree-planting projects go awry around the world – UK politicians should take note

I’ve seen mass tree-planting projects go awry around the world – UK politicians should take note Fledgling mangroves in Philippines. Bambara From the Amazon to the Australian outback, the world’s forests are on fire. But just as all these trees disappear, politicians are sprouting promises to plant more of them like the dawning of a global spring. In the run-up to the UK election on December 12, Labour says it will plant two billion new trees on British soil by 2040 – that’s 100m a year. The Conservatives are pledged to 30m a year, while the Liberal Democrats say 60m. Perhaps the strangest efflorescence is Nigel Farage’s promise to persuade Donald Trump to lead a global afforestation campaign. These tree-planting pledges are certainly a step in the right direction, but there’s…

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Update on process regarding Roger Hallam

Following Roger Hallam’s recent comments in Die Zeit and Der Spiegel concerning the Holocaust, a process, with experienced facilitation support, has been opened to look at what happened and decide upon the most suitable course of action.  The process is being carried out in order to safeguard our Principles & Values and the Purpose, Mission and Aims of XR. Representatives from XR UK’s Transformative Conflict & Justice Systems, Guardianship & Visioning, Connecting Communities and Feedback & Learning Culture teams are collaborating to guide this process, and will directly speak to many of our Principles & Values. The intention is to have the first significant part of the process completed by 16 December. The aim is for all persons to be equally and fairly heard under a transparent, fair and pragmatic…

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How to find the most sustainable and long-lasting children’s toys

How to find the most sustainable and long-lasting children’s toys freestocks.org/Unsplash, CC BY-SA Think about the way plastic pollution has been reported in recent years and you’re probably picturing plastic packaging, films and microfibres. But Christmas brings a deluge of another relatively short-lived plastic product that has received a lot less attention – children’s toys. Children’s toys form a large and growing global market worth USD$90.4 billion in 2018. Unlike low weight packaging and film, toys often contain far larger quantities of high-quality virgin plastic material – and they usually last a lot longer than their owner’s interest, such is the rapid pace of child development. We wanted to find out which toys are best for the planet, to help parents make a sustainable choice of gifts for their children…

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I’m a climate change scientist – and I’m campaigning for Labour this election

I’m a climate change scientist – and I’m campaigning for Labour this election School climate strikes have encouraged some political parties to be more radical. SewCream / shutterstock The 2019 UK general election matters because the climate emergency means that the next decade is critical for the future of humanity. Only a Labour government can really turn things around, not just in the UK, but globally. This may sound exaggerated, but it’s true. Let me explain. While flooding has affected people in Yorkshire during the election period, look further afield and many millions are suffering the impacts of catastrophic floods in Central and East Africa. Fires have raged in Australia and things will get a lot worse until humans stabilise Earth’s rapidly changing climate. To do that means carbon emissions…

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Climate crisis: six steps to making fossil fuels history

Climate crisis: six steps to making fossil fuels history In shouting “system change not climate change”, young people understand that the 3-4℃ warmer world we’re headed for would be far more painful, costly and disruptive than any short-term costs or inconvenience we face from taking rapid, bold action. But the who, what, when, where and how of systems change can seem overwhelming. How do we transform a society whose fossil fuel habits have been entrenched for decades? The next step is to get smarter in telling governments precisely what we want. System change doesn’t need to be daunting, or politically difficult. We just need to focus on the pinch points that will allow us to rapidly replace fossil fuel technologies. Here are six steps to decarbonising the system for good.…

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Climate crisis could reverse progress in achieving gender equality

Climate crisis could reverse progress in achieving gender equality People who directly depend on the natural world for their livelihoods, like farmers and fishers, will be among the greatest victims of the climate crisis. In vulnerable hotspots, such as the arid lands of Kenya and Ethiopia, farming communities are already struggling with droughts and water scarcity that kill their cattle and threaten their very survival. The glacial-fed river basins of the Himalayan mountains, or the deltas of Bangladesh, India and Ghana, are increasingly prone to floods, landslides and powerful cyclones. As a result, men are often migrating further to keep their families going, looking for casual work in neighbouring towns or villages for a few days or weeks at a time, or to cities further away. Many try to return…

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