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‘Nobody Talks About It, Not Even The Environmental Movement’: Meet the Campaigners Taking On Animal Farming

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Animal Rebellion at Smithfield market

In less than a year, climate protest movement Extinction Rebellion has become a household name, with its distinctive hourglass logo plastered around as a symbol of the urgent need for action. 

But like any campaign, its followers have different ideas about where to put their energies. 

Animal Rebellion, a partner organisation that formed over the summer, says animal farming has been left out of the mainstream conversation for too long.

Over One Hundred Arrested as Extinction Rebellion Occupy Westminster

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Extinction Rebellion protestors closed off sections of central London as the group launched two weeks of actions targeting the government's failure to sufficiently address the threat of climate change. The Metropolitan Police said 135 arrests had been made by early afternoon.

The group has faced more active policing than during actions in April, with protestors today cleared from Lambeth Bridge hours after the protestors occupied the space— a marked change in approach to the spring action in which campaigners were allowed to occupy sites across central London for almost two weeks.

Science Museum Feeling the Heat Over Fossil Fuel Sponsorship, Emails Show

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The UK’s Science Museum and oil giant BP are increasingly concerned about criticism of their ongoing partnership, email correspondence seen by DeSmog suggests.

The news comes as the Royal Shakespeare Company and National Theatre announce they will be ending their partnerships with BP and Shell, respectively.

Brexit Party Backtracks on Climate Action Statement, Blaming 'Keen Young Staffer'

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Nigel Farage

The Brexit Party is tying itself in knots over its position on climate change, after a mailout from the party appeared to suggest it was set to acknowledge the climate emergency – a move that would put it at odds with many high-profile climate science deniers in Nigel Farage’s organisation.

US Lobby Groups Most Effective at Blocking Climate Action – Report

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US lobby groups representing the fossil fuel and automotive industries are world leaders when it comes to stalling government action on climate change, new research shows.

Of the top 10 trade associations considered to be the most effective at opposing climate-friendly policies globally, seven are based in Washington DC, according to a report published this week by lobbying watchdog InfluenceMap.

How Boris Johnson Threatens the UK's Status as a Climate Leader

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Boris Johnson

This story is part of Covering Climate Now, a global collaboration of more than 220 news outlets to strengthen coverage of the climate story.  

The UK talks a good game on climate change, but its efforts may be about to go into reverse under Boris Johnson’s new government.

The country has committed to slashing emissions to “net zero” by 2050. UK coal-fired power stations are virtually a thing of the past. And it has been awarded the honour of hosting next year’s UN climate summit, in partnership with Italy.

But that’s where the good news ends.

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