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UK must act to stamp out 'curse' of plastic sachets, say campaigners

The government must act urgently to stamp out the “curse” of single-use plastic sachets, billions of which are helping to fuel the global plastics crisis, campaigners are warning.

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Earth Fund: How can $10bn fight climate change?

Ten billion dollars - or £7.7bn - sounds like a serious amount of money.

It's how much the world's richest man Jeff Bezos has said he'll spend to fight climate change.

But what do you even spend $10bn on? And is it anywhere near enough?

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Student Climate Strikes

As you may know this is the last decade to take the necessary action to avoid runaway climate chaos. And this year, the UK has the opportunity to be a climate leader as Glasgow is hosting COP26, the UN Climate Change Conference. That is why we need to take to the streets next Friday 14th February and join the Student Climate Strikes.

We must show this complacent government that the time is now to make climate justice our number one priority. Claire O’Neill, the recently sacked chair of COP 26, has said that Boris Johnson ‘doesn’t get climate change’. Well, time is running out and we need to make sure he gets it soon.

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Guardian to ban advertising from fossil fuel firms

The Guardian will no longer accept advertising from oil and gas companies, becoming the first major global news organisation to institute an outright ban on taking money from companies that extract fossil fuels.

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House coal and wet wood to be phased out by 2023 to cut pollution

The sale of the most polluting fuels burned in household stoves and open fires will be phased out from next year to clean up the air, the government has said.

Plans to phase out the sale of house coal and wet wood have been confirmed as part of efforts to tackle tiny particle pollutants known as PM2.5, which can penetrate deep into lungs and the blood and cause serious health problems.

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Bring Back the Beaver

Beavers were hunted to extinction in the UK centuries ago, but some have recently been set back into the wild in some places across the country.

After a five year trial in Devon, we now know that the beavers can help prevent flooding by building dams, holding water and slowing the flow before floods hit towns and villages.

In the aftermath of Storm Dennis, we must reimagine how we manage our natural world, and look at all options to lessen devastation like this in the future. The reintroduction of beavers will play an important role in natural flood management, while offering other environmental benefits.

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Australia fires: State of emergency declared for Canberra region

Authorities in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) have declared a state of emergency as massive bushfires rage south of Canberra.

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Revealed: salmonella, toxic chemicals and plastic found in sewage spread on farmland

A secret report obtained by Unearthed has revealed serious weaknesses in the Environment Agency’s controls on an industry that spreads millions of tonnes of sewage sludge on farmland each year.

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Heathrow third runway ruled illegal over climate change

Plans for a third runway at Heathrow airport have been ruled illegal by the court of appeal because ministers did not adequately take into account the government’s climate change commitments.

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On trial for challenging BP’s lust for oil in an age of climate change

Greenpeace is being put on trial for stopping a BP rig drilling for new oil wells. The penalties may be high, but this attempt to gag and bully those who expose the oil industry’s contribution to climate change won’t succeed.

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A citizens’ assembly on climate is pointless if the government won’t listen

When MPs announced a citizens’ assembly on the climate emergency last June, two crucial things hadn’t yet happened: Boris Johnson’s takeover of the Conservative party; and the subsequent general election campaign where the main opposition parties each offered radical plans to address the climate crisis, and then lost to Johnson, who had offered no plan at all.

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Bill proposes ban on plastic waste exports

Exporting polluting plastic waste to developing countries will be banned or restricted under a new law. The rule presented to the UK Parliament is aimed at protecting poorer nations against becoming the dumping ground for unwanted rubbish.

The latest trade data shows that some 356,233 tonnes of plastic waste was sent for recycling from the UK to developing countries in 2018.

The plastic often ends up dumped in waterways.

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