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Pupils’ climate change strike threat poses dilemma for heads

Thousands of pupils set to be absent on 15 February, putting schools on the spot — Headteachers across the country will this week be faced with a tricky dilemma: should they allow their pupils to go on strike? Thousands of schoolchildren are expected to absent themselves from school on Friday to take part in a …

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residents wade through floodwaters in the suburb of hermit park in townsville this week

Floods, fire and drought: Australia, a country in the grip of extreme weather bingo

Amid record temperatures, severe flooding and devastation of wilderness, the political message from the government is business as usual — The people of Townsville know about heavy rain, but this was new. Over the past fortnight, the northern Queensland city’s 180,000 residents have been hit by a monsoon strengthened by a low-pressure front that dragged …

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The Green New Deal is here, and everyone has something to say about it

— For the past several weeks, there’s been rampant speculation about what would be included in the much talked about Green New Deal, the ambitious plan to tackle climate change and remake much of the American economy. That anticipation came along with trepidation from some corners over whether the deal would include controversial elements that …

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France tables 2050 carbon-neutral law

New bill loosens restrictions on nuclear to bring France’s emissions down, concerning some campaigners — The French government has proposed legislation committing the country to carbon-neutrality by 2050. The changes would expand the role of nuclear energy and drop concrete emissions targets for the middle of the century, raising concerns among environmentalists. A proposal was …

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In Ireland, Brexit proofing must mean climate proofing

Brexit has lead to delays in climate action just at the moment when bold plans could soften the impact of the UK divorce, writes MEP Lynn Boylan — Brexit presents a massive threat for Ireland’s economy, citizens’ rights and, most importantly, Ireland’s peace agreement; but how about our progress on climate change? While Brexit is …

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UK pupils to join global strike over climate change crisis

Thousands of pupils to walk out of lessons amid growing concern over global warming — The school climate strikes that have led to tens of thousands of young people taking to the streets around the world over recent months are poised to arrive in the UK next Friday. Thousands of pupils are expected to walk …

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holly gillibrand has spent the past five fridays on strike outside her school in fort william

‘I feel very angry’: the 13-year-old on school strike for climate action

Holly Gillibrand is skipping class to join pupils around the world in pushing for urgent measures — Until recently, Holly Gillibrand was like any other schoolchild, keen on the outdoors, football and rock climbing, inspired by the stunning surroundings of her secondary school at the foot of Ben Nevis. But for the past five Fridays, …

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Townsville flood inquiry announced, as up to 300,000 cattle die in western Queensland

Premier distances herself from decision to open Ross River dam floodgates, which sent water into Townsville suburbs — The Queensland government has announced an inquiry into the historic flooding in Townsville, as evidence mounts that local authorities failed to anticipate the extreme nature of the recent record rainfall. The independent inquiry will look into “key …

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Tasmania’s lakes among most contaminated in the world

Historic mining has polluted lakes with lead, copper and arsenic, including in World Heritage Area — Metal contamination levels in some of Tasmania’s lakes are among the highest in the world, a new study has found, while those within the state’s Wilderness World Heritage Area have also been badly polluted by mining. The Australian National …

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Seven take-aways from the Green New Deal launch

Sweeping in scope, an agenda to transform the US into a green leader has been launched in Washington DC, here are the key points — On Thursday, congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and senator Ed Markey presented an outline of a sweeping federal programme aiming at decarbonising the US economy. The text makes for the most earnest …

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