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‘It is our future’: children call time on climate inaction in UK

Thousands of young people take time out of school to join protests across the country — Some wore school uniform, with ties askew in St Trinian’s fashion, others donned face paint, sparkly jackets and DM boots. The youngest clutched a parent’s hand as people gathered in the sunshine in Parliament Square in London, a few …

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School pupils call for radical climate action in UK-wide strike

Thousands of young people walk out of lessons in protest at political inaction over crisis — Thousands of schoolchildren and young people have walked out of classes to join a UK-wide climate strike amid growing anger at the failure of politicians to tackle the escalating ecological crisis. Organisers said more than 10,000 young people in …

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thousands of pupils in the uk are expected to skip lessons in the nationwide strike

Headteachers in a bind as pupils prepare to go on UK climate strike

Unions urge pupils not to walk out of class but some schools may adopt relaxed attitude — School leaders are having to wrestle with their consciences over pupils joining the nationwide climate strike to be held on Friday afternoon, caught between their duties as teachers and instincts as educators. Thousands of the more than 8 …

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students protest for climate action during a ‘fridays for future’ school strike in magdeburg, germany

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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a fracking rig at cuadrilla's preston new road site in northwest england

UK tells fracking industry it won’t relax rules on earth tremors

The Conservative government has long backed shale gas exploration, but denied industry calls to loosen ‘unworkable’ limits on seismic activity — The UK government has rejected calls from shale gas companies to loosen limits on earth tremors, in a potentially fatal blow to British fracking. Ineos and Cuadrilla said the rules, which require drilling to …

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a container of household waste imported from britain that was improperly labelled as recyclable plastic

Plastic waste: UK should not pass buck to world’s poorest, say MPs

UK must deal with plastic waste on its own soil, says group calling for export ban — A cross-party group of MPs is calling for a ban on the export of plastic waste over concerns the UK is passing the buck to the world’s poorest people to clean up its rubbish. MPs have tabled an …

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cottam power station is due to close, with the loss of more than 150 jobs

One of UK’s last coal power stations to close due to rising costs

Closure of Cottam plant in Nottinghamshire likely to lead to more than 150 job cuts — One of the UK’s last seven coal power stations will close this year after half a century of generating electricity, as the polluting fuel continues its rapid decline in the energy mix. EDF Energy said more than 150 jobs …

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the report estimated 352,474 metric tonnes of electronic waste is being illegally shipped from the eu to developing countries each year

UK worst offender in Europe for electronic waste exports – report

Electronic waste hazardous due to toxic parts was tracked to developing countries — The UK is the worst offender in Europe for illegally exporting toxic electronic waste to developing countries, according to a two-year investigation that tracked shipments from 10 European countries. The investigation by the environmental watchdog the Basel Action Network (BAN) put GPS …

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black law wind farm, scotland

Analysis: Why the UK’s CO2 emissions have fallen 38% since 1990

The UK’s CO2 emissions peaked in the year 1973 and have declined by around 38% since 1990, faster than any other major developed country — Here, Carbon Brief presents detailed analysis of the reasons behind the decline in UK CO2 since 1990. The most significant factors include a cleaner electricity mix based on gas and …

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brexit demonstrators outside westminster in december 2018

No deal Brexit to leave UK without green watchdog for two years – report

Changes to UK environment oversight and the Irish power market will not be set by 29 March, the Institute for Government said, and a crash out will leave no time to do so — A no deal departure from the EU in March would leave Britain without oversight of key energy and environment problems until …

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