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World leaders told they must act over climate change ‘cliff-edge’

Christiana Figueres, who led the 2015 Paris accord, stresses urgency of meeting 1.5°C target — Political leaders have been urged to act on the landmark special report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which has warned that strong efforts would be required to prevent disastrous consequences from dangerous levels of climate change. Christiana Figueres, …

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UK’s green watchdog will be powerless over climate change post-Brexit

Environmentalists accuse government of using withdrawal of EU controls to weaken regulation — Ministers are “deliberately weakening” the green watchdog that will hold the government to account after Britain leaves the EU, according to Labour’s shadow Brexit minister. Theresa May pledged last January to create a “world-leading, independent, statutory body” to ensure ministers stick to …

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Greek wildfires: dry winter and strong winds led to tinderbox conditions

Experts call for better forest management and focus on prevention after blaze that killed more than 70 people — An unusually dry winter, with less than average rainfall interspersed with localised flooding in some areas, is emerging as a major contributing factor to the wildfires that are ravaging the mainland of Greece.   Lack of …

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Rich countries pushing ‘dirty energy’ in Africa, report claims

Study finds that while wealthy nations advocate renewables at home, 60% of aid to African energy projects went on fossil fuels — Wealthy governments have been accused of promoting fossil fuel development in Africa at the expense of clean energy.   Analysis showed 60% of public aid for energy projects was spent on fossil fuels, …

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End coal mining in the UK, environmentalists urge government

Environmentalists have written to ministers, asking them to reform the planning system so that all future coal mines are automatically refused — Environmentalists have urged the government to kill off new coal mines in the UK, by reforming the planning system to block their development. Friends of the Earth, along with the RSPB, WWF and …

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UK environment policies in tatters, warn green groups

‘Disastrous decisions’ such as Heathrow expansion and rejection of Swansea tidal lagoon spark concern over government direction — Environmental campaigners and clean air groups have warned that the government’s green credentials are in tatters after a flurry of “disastrous decisions” that they say will be condemned by future generations. The government’s plan to expand Heathrow …

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