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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.


Electric cars might not yet be green, but we should buy them anyway

Electric cars might not yet be green, but we should buy them anyway The car we choose and the energy system we support are linked. Marcos_Silva/Shutterstock Transforming the way we travel is an essential part of tackling the climate crisis. The transport sector contributes about 20% of global carbon emissions. In the UK the figure is 33%, and the country has made virtually no progress in reducing emissions from transport.…

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Day 15: Hunger strikers begin third week with further meetings with political leaders

Email: press@risingup.org.ukPhone: +44 7969 083 371 / +44 7459 055152 Facebook|Twitter|Instagram|Media Assets| New – Crowdfund the #ElectionRebellion! #ThreeDemandsBill #12DaysOfCrisis Five Extinction Rebellion activists continue their hunger strike for the third week outside political party headquarters until party leaders meet them to discuss the Three Demands Bill and act now on the Climate and Ecological Emergency Green Party senior leadership met with hunger strikers for one hour meeting  Hunger strikers appeal to…

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Were You Arrested Under Section 14 during October Rebellion? Here’s what to do

Following legal action from Extinction Rebellion, the Metropolitan Police has now accepted that Section 14 arrests were unlawful during both weeks of the October Rebellion. If you were arrested for breach of a Section 14 during the October Rebellion please read this briefing carefully. It sets out the next steps available to you including guidance on how you might bring a claim for compensation against the Met. What has happened?…

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CLIMATE CHANGE KILLS CHILDREN: EXTINCTION REBELLION MOTHERS AND BABIES STAGE MASS ‘FEED-IN’ AT PARTY HQs

Phone: +44 7802865819 / +44 7986671716 / +44 7702760812 Email: press@risingup.org.uk Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Media Assets | Legal Crowd Funder  | What emergency? | Extinction Rebellion in Numbers |This Is Not A Drill: An Extinction Rebellion Handbook. December 2 2019, London: Extinction Rebellion Mothers and Babies will stage a series of winter vigils in Westminster ahead of the UK General Election, demanding action on behalf of children…

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Tomorrow: Extinction Rebellion’s 12 Days of Crisis begins across the UK

press@risingup.org.ukPhone: +44 7969 083 371 / +44 7459 055152 / +44 749 729 729Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Media Assets | New – Crowdfund the #ElectionRebellion!#ElectionRebellion #UpgradeDemocracy #ThreeDemandsBill The 12 Days of Crisis begin tomorrow with groups “Sounding the Alarm” with the Flag of Extinction being raised in towns and cities across the UK Extinction Rebellion Theatrics will bring the climate crisis centre stage with Extinction Theatre and Crisis Carollers kicking off their 12 day programme  This is part of Extinction Rebellion’s ‘Election Rebellion’ where people around the country will be urging candidates to adopt the Three Demands Bill through non-violent civil disobedience  Tomorrow will mark the beginning of Extinction Rebellion’s 12 Days of Crisis with people across the UK gearing up to ensure the Climate and Ecological Emergency…

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Mayor of London Report: Suggests Eco-design Stoves as Part of the Solution

Mayor of London Report: Suggests Eco-design Stoves as Part of the Solution London, UK; 2 December 2019 – According to the Mayor of London Report, published in October entitled, ‘Roadmap to meeting World Health Organization guidelines by 2030’, Eco-design stoves have the potential to assist in reducing particle pollution associated with biomass burning and cooking. The report, based on modelling results by the Environmental Research Group (ERG) at King’s College, outlines policies and guidelines aimed at reducing PM2.5 to meet WHO guideline limits by 2030. It suggests the Eco-design standard within its guidelines as an example of how to substantially reduce PM2.5 and eludes to new statistics on wood burner emissions as it has reclassified biomass burning (as a whole) as ‘the second largest source of PM2.5 in London, accounting…

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Technologies to manage climate change already exist – but UK needs to scale up efforts urgently

Technologies to manage climate change already exist – but UK needs to scale up efforts urgently A geothermal power plant in Iceland. Shutterstock When it comes to tackling climate change the UK is still taking baby steps. A lot more needs to be done – and fast – to hit the 2050 net zero carbon emission targets, which involves offsetting any emissions by absorbing an equivalent amount from the atmosphere. While this process can build on future innovations, the technologies are actually already in place to make a real difference – technologies that, of all things, are based on the skills of the oil and gas industry. The world is currently approaching an average global temperature increase of 1ºC compared to pre-industrial times, largely attributed to increasing atmospheric levels of…

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Colombia: being an environmental activist in some countries is much more dangerous than in others

Colombia: being an environmental activist in some countries is much more dangerous than in others Climate change, plastic pollution, rising sea levels – environmentalists in developed countries are calling for action on the planetary emergency. But when environmentalists are brave enough to speak out in places like Barrancabermeja, Colombia, they’re often protesting against very local problems. Lack of sanitation, contaminated water, deforestation for palm oil – degradation of the local environment and the direct threat to human health are closely linked and clear to people here. Barrancabermeja hosts Colombia’s largest petroleum refinery, which has been operating for just over 100 years. Over that time, local industries have contaminated natural water courses with heavy metals, which has been absorbed by the soil and the surrounding vegetation that local cattle eat, which…

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Hunger Strike Day 12: UK-wide occupations of political party offices announced

press@risingup.org.ukPhone: +44 7969 083 371 / +44 7459 055152 Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Media Assets | New – Crowdfund the #ElectionRebellion!  Extinction Rebellion UK announces phase 2 of their Global Climate Hunger Strike: from 7 December hunger strikers and supporters will peacefully occupy local party offices across the country to demand all parties support the Three Demands Bill Global Hunger Strike continues with over 500 hunger strikers around the world demanding action on the Climate and Ecological Emergency  Six Extinction Rebellion activists continue their hunger strike for the twelfth day outside the main UK political parties’ headquarters asking to meet party leaders to discuss the Three Demands Bill.  On 7th December, Extinction Rebellion UK activists will begin the second phase of their climate hunger strike by occupying local…

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Amazon fires are causing glaciers in the Andes to melt even faster

Amazon fires are causing glaciers in the Andes to melt even faster 3523studio / shutterstock If you have turned on a TV or read the news during the past few months, you have probably heard of the widespread fires that wrought havoc on the Amazon rainforest this year. Fires occur in the rainforest every year, but the past 11 months saw the number of fires increase by more than 70% when compared with 2018, indicating a major acceleration in land clearing by the country’s logging and farming industries. The smoke from the fires rose high into the atmosphere and could be seen from space. Some regions of Brazil became covered in thick smoke that closed airports and darkened city skies. As the rainforest burns, it releases enormous amounts of carbon…

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