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Campaigners Demand Court Shuts Down Ecuador’s Oil Pipelines After Spill

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Amazon campaigners

Communities in the Ecuadorian Amazon are calling for an end to “violence against Indigenous peoples and nature” as a trial into a devastating oil spill resumes today. 

The Kichwa and Shuar tribes launched a lawsuit against the government and state-owned oil company Petroecuador in April after two pipelines ruptured. Around 27,000 Indigenous people already isolated by COVID-19 were left with little or no access to freshwater and fishing after more than 15,000 barrels of crude oil gushed into the Rivers Coca and Napa and downriver to Peru.

Climate Campaigners Launch Legal Challenge to ‘Catastrophic’ Government Recovery Package

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Boris Johnson

Climate activists are planning to take the government to court over its COVID-19 bailout package, as they urge the UK to face up to its responsibility to tackle climate change.

Plan B, a climate litigation charity, says Boris Johnson vowed his government would “build back greener” but is instead using billions of pounds of public money to prop up fossil fuel corporations without financing a transition to a clean and sustainable economy.

Investigation: The Problem with Big Oil’s ‘Forest Fever’

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Big oil forest commitments

Elon Musk, Greta Thunberg, Rishi Sunak, Donald Trump — trees suddenly have an eclectic mix of fans, all drawn to the apparent simplicity of their carbon-locking power. Now Big Oil has joined the party, in a big way.

Over the past year, BP, Total, Eni, Equinor and ConocoPhillips have invested millions of dollars in forest projects to offset their greenhouse gas emissions. Shell, in particular, has taken a lead, promising to spend $300 million on “natural ecosystems” as part of its market-leading net-zero emissions plan.

The recent surge in corporate pledges gives the impression that nature-based solutions (NBS) provide the key to a decarbonised future. But given oil companies’ status as some of the world’s largest emitters, and the industry’s long history of lobbying against climate action, Big Oil’s push for more trees has been met with scepticism.

County Durham Coal Mine Extension Deemed ‘Environmentally Unacceptable’

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Activists are celebrating an “incredible” victory after a bid to extend a coal mine in County Durham was finally scrapped.

Plans to dig up an additional 90,000 tonnes of coal from the site of the Bradley opencast mine were branded “environmentally unacceptable” by the council’s planning committee after a five-hour virtual meeting.

Court Case Aims to Provoke ‘Radical Shift’ in Energy Policy After Landmark Heathrow Ruling

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Activists are preparing to take the Government to court over its “out of tune” planning policy in a challenge inspired by the watershed Heathrow ruling.

Three claimants - Guardian journalist George Monbiot, Ecotricity founder Dale Vince and Jolyon Maugham’s The Good Law project - argue nine-year-old energy infrastructure guidance contradicts the UK’s current net zero commitments.

'We’ve Stopped Heathrow Dead in the Tracks' – Campaigners Celebrate Winning Appeal Against Third Runway

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British Airways planes

Campaigners today hailed an “historic” victory for the climate after three judges ruled expansion plans for Heathrow Airport unlawful.

Activists erupted into cheers at the Royal Courts of Justice after successfully blocking plans for a third runway at the UK's busiest air hub.

‘It’s a Huge Step Backwards’: Teenagers Hunger Striking to Stop the UK's Newest Coal Mine

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Protesting teenage hunger strikers

It’s 5pm on a dismal Monday and commuters are scurrying past Parliament on their way home. In the fast-fading light it’s easy to miss a solitary teenager perched on a wet ledge and holding up a cardboard sign.

This is the ninth day that 14-year-old Lissy Green has deprived herself of food. The schoolgirl from Ascot, Berkshire, is one of a clutch of young activists opposing plans for a deep coal mine in West Cumbria – the UK’s first in 30 years.