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Heathrow Airport Court Success Would be ‘Terrible Blow’ for Global Climate Commitments

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Heathrow Airport is today claiming that a controversial third runway could still comply with the UK’s climate commitments, as it looks to overturn a landmark appeal verdict.

The Supreme Court hearing comes eight months after campaigners celebrated stopping expansion at the West London airport “dead in its tracks”.

Docs Show Equinor Pushing 'False Solutions' to Climate Change While Lobbying UK Government on COP26

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Equinor speech

Oil company Equinor suggested to government officials that it could invest in the UK’s natural carbon sinks in an apparent effort to secure its presence at the next UN climate talks, to be held in Glasgow in November 2021, internal memos show. 

Campaigners said the exchange showed how oil companies continue to push “false solutions” to climate change to greenwash their images and garner favour with governments.

HSBC and JPMorgan Chase’s Role in Climate Crisis Makes Them Unworthy Award Winners, Campaigners Say

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A top banking prize awarded to “the world’s worst financier of climate chaos” has prompted major backlash from campaigners.

More than 20 international environmental groups are demanding a retraction after business magazine Euromoney handed its “best bank in the world” gong to JPMorgan Chase and “best bank for sustainable finance” to HSBC.

New UKIP Leader Neil Hamilton Thinks Climate Change is a 'Hoax'

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Former Tory MP and prominent climate science denier Neil Hamilton has been appointed UKIP’s interim leader.

A member of the Welsh Parliament and its climate change, environment and rural affairs committee, Hamilton last year branded global warming “another age of fad and fancy” and claimed there was “no correlation” between carbon dioxide and global temperature rise.

Engineering Body Cancels Climate Science Denier Talks After Member Backlash

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Controversial talks by a climate science denier have been axed by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) after mounting pressure from members.

The IET’s London branch was set to hold two virtual talks by retired engineer Brian Catt from next Tuesday. The first webinar, entitled “What controls the climate?”, was to be followed on 20 October by “How climate has changed since records began”.

However, it soon emerged that the speaker rejects mainstream climate science, writing on his website that “theories” about human-caused climate change had been proven wrong over the last 20 years, and dubbing climate science a “religion, enforced by social exclusion, not by science”.

Climate Assembly Calls for Aviation Tax and Faster Ban on Sale of New Diesel and Petrol Cars

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The UK’s first ever Climate Assembly has called for an end to cross-party fighting as it presented its vision for a “net zero” future in a new report.

More than 100 participants from a cross-section of the UK have contributed to a series of recommendations on reaching carbon neutrality by 2050, the UK’s current target.

Assembly members showed overwhelming support for a frequent flyer tax, phasing out the sale of new petrol and diesel cars as soon as 2030 and a preference for tree-planting to store carbon over newer, more controversial methods.

Campaigners Celebrate Government Rejection of Druridge Bay Coal Mine

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Druridge Bay anti-coal campaigners

Campaigners are celebrating a “massive victory” after plans to extract nearly three million tonnes of coal from Northumberland’s Druridge Bay were rejected once again.

Last night, Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick branded proposals for the UK’s biggest mine as “environmentally unacceptable”.

Coal and Gas Burning Countries Set to Gain from EU Just Transition Fund

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Coal power plant

Coal-burning countries could benefit from billions in EU funding even as they fail in their climate commitments, a new report shows.

Every member state is required to phase out coal entirely by 2030 and transition directly to clean electricity to meet the EU’s Paris Agreement target of limiting global temperatures to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels.

Indigenous Campaigners Vow to 'Fight to the End' After Court Throws Out Amazon Oil Spill Case

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Ecuadorian Amazon oil protestor

Indigenous campaigners have vowed to “fight until the end” after a lawsuit to suspend Ecuador’s oil operations was thrown out of court.

An estimated 27,000 people were left without safe water, fish and game  after a landslide ruptured three pipelines in the Amazon in April, causing 15,000 barrels of crude oil to pollute two major rivers.

Dozens of complainants told the trial, held by Zoom, of the health risks caused by the spill, from toxic fish floating in the waters to unexplained rashes irritating their children’s bodies.

Workers Should be Focus of Post-COVID Climate Policy 'Reset', Unions Say

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Trade unions are calling for the government to put regional voices at the heart of its climate strategy - or risk catastrophic consequences.

Meeting the UK’s 2050 net-zero target requires a “reset of the way we live and work”, a report by the Trades Union Congress (TUC) published today states.