‘Putin rubbing hands with glee’ after EU votes to class gas and nuclear as green

Parliament backs plan to classify some projects as clean power investmentsThe European parliament has backed plans to label gas and nuclear energy as “green”, rejecting appeals from prominent Ukrainians and climate activists that the proposals are a gift to Vladimir Putin.One senior MEP said the vote was a “dark day for the climate”, while experts said the EU had set a dangerous precedent for countries to follow. Continue reading...

BP accused of dumping industrial waste in marine-protected area off Shetland

UK regulator gave oil firm clearance to drop thousands of tonnes of pipes and cables after drilling finishedBP has been accused of dumping industrial waste at sea after starting to drop thousands of tonnes of oil pipes in a legally protected marine wildlife zone in the Atlantic.Confidential documents seen by the Guardian show the oil company sought approval to dump 14 pipes and control cables 120 miles west of Shetland after finishing drilling at the site. Continue reading...

Methane emissions reach new highs despite pandemic – they are four times more sensitive to climate change than first thought

Methane emissions reach new highs despite pandemic – they are four times more sensitive to climate change than first thought Wildfires may be slowing the rate at which the atmosphere removes methane. Gonzalo Keogan/Shutterstock Eliminating emissions of CO₂ is high up the environmental agenda – but the world should not lose sight of the threat from methane. There has been a disturbing recent surge in atmospheric methane, which is more than 25 times more potent as a greenhouse gas over the course of a century than CO₂. Anthropogenic methane emissions account for roughly 60% of the total and come mainly…

The UK urgently needs to cut its methane emissions by 2030: cows and sheep hold the key to success

The UK urgently needs to cut its methane emissions by 2030: cows and sheep hold the key to success Cow burps are a major contributor to methane emissions. Shutterstock When it comes to climate change, the focus tends to be on carbon dioxide. But hot on its heels is methane (CH₄), the second most important greenhouse gas contributing to the climate emergency. The UK, along with more than 100 other countries, made a pledge at the 2021 COP26 meeting in Glasgow to cut global methane emissions by at least 30% from their 2020 level by 2030. If achieved, that would…

Extinction Rebellion targets Vanguard – and wins!

June was a huge success for Extinction Rebellion groups standing up to corporate lies and greenwash in the investment industry. On the first day of Vanguard Asset Managements UK ‘Sustainable Life’ roadshow, XR disrupted the conference in Glasgow, resulting in Vanguard cancelling the whole UK tour and moving it online. Concerned over further humiliation, company heads even admitted in an online meeting after the action that XR was the reason they had decided to move online. Result! For those that don’t know Vanguard, the company is one of the world’s biggest funders of climate destruction. Its investments in climate misery…

Events like Italian glacier collapse likely to increase as planet heats

Analysis: Effects of climate change already affecting mountaineering beyond deadly glacier collapse on MarmoladaFull story: search resumes for missing hikersEvents like the collapse of a glacier on the Marmolada mountain, which has killed at least seven people, are likely to become more common as the planet heats, according to scientists who spend their life scrutinising the ice on mountains.With this particular glacier, experts have pointed to the scorching heatwave in Italy as a factor, as it is likely to have melted large amounts of ice. Continue reading...

There are good reasons for a double shampoo – if you can avoid waste

An Italian town has banned the practice during a heatwave, but if done right it benefits hair and scalpGlobal consumption of water is growing twice as fast as the world’s population and droughts are affecting swathes of the planet. So it was no surprise that this week the mayor of an Italian town in Emilia-Romagna, which is experiencing a severe heatwave, banned hairdressers from shampooing their customers’ hair twice, saying it would save thousands of litres of water a day.As we all attempt to reduce waste, that additional shampoo at home or in the salon can seem like overkill. So…

Denmark’s Covid mass mink cull had no legal justification, says report

The extermination of 15 million animals and unnecessary shutdown of an entire industry has cost taxpayers billions The Danish government lacked legal justification and made “grossly misleading” statements when it ordered a mass mink extermination two years ago, according to an official inquiry into Europe’s first compulsory farm sector shutdown, which has cost taxpayers billions in compensation to farmers.In November 2020, Denmark, the world’s largest mink producer, announced it would kill its entire farmed mink population of 15 million animals, because of fears that a Covid-19 mutation moving from mink to humans could jeopardise future vaccines. Continue reading...

Meat, monopolies, mega farms: how the US food system fuels climate crisis

From a beef-heavy diet to growing crops that don’t feed people – the biggest challenges facing the agriculture industryFood and the climate crisis are locked in a tangled web of cause and effect. Globally, food systems contribute about a third of all greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, yet they are also uniquely vulnerable to climate impacts: from soaring temperatures and drought to intense rainfall and flooding.Food production is caught in a battle between people and profits, as an increasingly industrialized system prioritizes low operating costs and high profits. In the US, nearly 40 million people don’t know where their next meal…

‘It’s a sham’: Egypt accused of restricting protest in run-up to Cop27

Climate activists say plight of jailed Alaa Abd El Fattah shows protesters’ voices will be ignored at Sharm el-Sheikh summitFive months before a pivotal UN climate summit in Sharm el-Sheikh, one of Egypt’s most prominent political prisoners remains behind bars. Now on his 89th day of a hunger strike, Alaa Abd El Fattah is subsisting on just a hundred calories a day, normally in the form of skimmed milk or a spoonful of honey in his tea.Abd El Fattah, a figurehead of Egypt’s 2011 revolution, has spent most of the past decade in prison. First jailed for organising demonstrations against…

‘Something has to be done’ – Stephen Fry calls on public to support Extinction Rebellion

Email: press@extinctionrebellion.ukPhone: +44(0)7756136396Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Media Assets | Donate#ExtinctionRebellion #RebelforLife  In a video released today, national treasure, actor and comedian Stephen Fry called on the British public to support Extinction Rebellion. Speaking to camera Fry, said: “Reasonable people, I think, understand that something has to be done about fossil fuels, most of all about our insatiable appetite for them.” “It’s not good just saying everybody give up carbon use because we can’t – ultimately it’s up to governments. You need to get them to recognise that this is the most serious crisis that humanity has ever faced…

Stephen Fry in defence of Extinction Rebellion

National treasure, actor and comedian Stephen Fry has made a statement in defence of Extinction Rebellion. He is calling the British public to support the movement. This video comes as Europe experiences record-breaking temperatures, which increase the risk of forest fires this summer across the continent. Stephen Fry in defence of Extinction Rebellion During the April 2022 Rebellion, we emphasised the need to stop funding new fossil fuels projects (oil, gas, coal…). António Guterres backed up this statement. The United Nations Secretary-General declared: “Climate activists are sometimes depicted as dangerous radicals, but the truly dangerous radicals are the countries that…

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