Wednesday, October 17, 2018 - 05:49 • Chloe Farand

Three judges have quashed the prison sentence of the three anti-fracking protestors, ruling the sentence to be “manifestly excessive”. The court room erupted into applause, when the decision was announced.

Simon Blevins, Richard Roberts and Richard Loizou will walk out free of Preston prison in Lancashire this evening and go home to their families.

The appeal case was heard at the Royal Courts of Justice on Wednesday morning in a packed court room with Blevins, Roberts and Loizou appearing through a video link from Preston prison.

Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 02:27 • Chloe Farand
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Some UK trade unions have been accused of adopting a “divisive” approach that risked slowing down the transition to a low-carbon economy after they agreed on a lobbying strategy to ensure workers in the fossil fuel industries have a decent future.

The concerns were raised after the Trade Union Congress (TUC) voted on a motion setting how unions will work to ensure that workers in fossil-fuel-intensive sectors have access to decent and sustainable jobs when mines and plants are forced to close — a concept often shorthanded to the term “just transition”.

The motion states that the TUC “should develop a political and lobbying strategy” for a just transition to a low-carbon economy “led by the voices and experiences of energy unions and their members”.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018 - 05:21 • Guest
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By Sara Stefanini for Climate Home News

Three anti-fracking campaigners were sentenced to prison on Wednesday for blocking shale gas drilling operations in northwest England.

Two protesters, Simon Blevins, 26, and Richard Roberts, 36, were sentenced to 16 months in prison. Richard Loizou, 31, was sentenced to 15 months, Lancashire radio station 2BR reported. A fourth protester, Julian Brock, 47, received an 18-month suspended sentence and ordered to 20 days of rehabilitation activity.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018 - 23:51 • Mat Hope
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On Tuesday 25 July 2017, four protestors stopped a convoy of lorries going to a fracking site in Lancashire. Today, three of the activists were sentenced to custodial sentences.

Residents of Little Plumpton have been fighting Cuadrilla Resources' plans for years. What started as a handful of local residents bemused that a new fossil fuel industry was about to start in their village escalated into a resistance of national symbolic importance

Today's ruling represents a trend of escalation between environmental protestors and the police — from mass arrests of Dakota Access pipeline protestors in the US, to UK police abusing their powers when going undercover in environmental movements, and mass online surveillance of fracking activists via Facebook.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018 - 07:36 • Chloe Farand
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The Labour Party has pledged to help British businesses export their goods and services to boost low-carbon projects overseas and ensure UK aid does not support fossil fuel projects if it wins the next general election.

The policy is a clear break from current government practice which has seen the UK Export Finance  the UK’s credit agency which underwrites loans and insurance for risky export deals as part of efforts to boost international trade — overwhelmingly finance fossil fuel projects abroad.

The Labour Party made the announcement as part of its Green Transformation policy paper, which was published during the party’s conference in Liverpool.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018 - 05:24 • John Gibbons
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Climate denial group the Irish Climate Science Forum (ICSF) has significantly escalated its lobbying campaign to prevent climate action.

The group’s main function until now has been to hold behind-closed-doors meetings with infamous climate science deniers as guest speakers. But it has now submitted a document to the Irish Parliament insisting climate change simply isn’t as bad as scientists make out, DeSmog UK has learned.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018 - 03:03 • Mike Small
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Scotland has been commended for its ambitious climate targets, but a report this week from the Committee on Climate Change tells the Scottish Government there is much work to do on issues like transport and agriculture.

Chris Stark the Chief Executive of the Committee on Climate Change stated clearly: “Special mention needs to be made for the energy efficiency plan - which is the best in the UK. But it’s time to get real on transport and agriculture.”  DeSmog UK spoke to key experts to find out what needs to be done if Scotland really is going to match the rhetoric and meets its own targets as countries aim to move towards Net Zero.

The Scottish Government’s new Climate Bill sets a target of reducing emissions by 90 percent by 2050. The UK government has a target of 80 percent by 2050. Both want to strengthen these goals following the IPCC 1.5°C report which will be published in early October.

The CCC report  warns that the Scottish Government needs to act decisively in every sector to ensure that Scotland meets its existing commitments and to prepare itself for future more stretching goals.

Monday, September 24, 2018 - 22:40 • Guest
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By Karl Mathiesen, Megan Darby and Natalie Sauer for Climate Home News

Workers in the fossil fuel industry must be assured a “decent future” even as mines and plants are forced to close, according to a leaked draft UN declaration.

The draft, prepared by the Polish UN climate presidency and posted below, calls for a programme to monitor national progress on protecting workers and communities that rely on traditional industries.

The Polish government intends for heads of state to adopt the proposal at UN talks in December.