Whilst Parliament has lost its mind over Brexit, a movement has swept across Europe, through cities and towns, and reached my constituency of Bath last month. (Wera Hobhouse MP)
Children, deeply troubled by the environmental catastrophe that humanity faces, walked out of their classrooms and on to the streets, demanding that governments take action on the climate crisis.
Labour plans to amend new climate change legislation at the Scottish Parliament, including looking at writing in a fracking ban.
The Climate Change (Emissions Reduction Targets) (Scotland) Bill will face its first parliamentary hurdle at a Stage 1 debate at Holyrood on Tuesday.
This Drill and Drop post has live updates from the parliamentary debate on government proposals to fast track fracking plans.
IToday’s debate is the first time the proposals have been discussed in the main chamber of the House of Commons.
The party will call on Parliament to back the goal to limit global warning to 1.5C, to bring in a legislative ban on fracking and to realise a policy of maximum economic recovery of oil and gas is “incompatible with addressing the climate emergency”.
A court in Blackpool ruled today there was no case to answer against nine anti-fracking activists who took part in the longest lock-on protest outside Cuadrilla’s shale gas site.
District judge Jane Goodwin called off the trial after criticising prosecutors over a lack of evidence.
A camp established to monitor operations at an oil and gas exploration site in East Yorkshire has been evicted for a second time.
About 30 bailiffs working for East Riding of Yorkshire Council cleared structures and tents from the verge outside the Rathlin Energy site at West Newton. Eyewitnesses said more than 30 police officers supported the eviction.
UK oil and gas companies are regularly breaching regulation of their operations with little consequence, new research published today concludes.
“This report reveals what campaigners have been saying for a long time; that the claims about ‘gold standard regulations’ are a joke.
The report said the drilling of a sidetrack without planning permission at Brockham highlighted a lack of joined-up working between the regulators and the need for vigilance.
“Had it not been for a group of residents and a protection camp monitoring and reporting about activities on site, this serious breach might never have come to light.”
The government’s fracking proposals would release the same amount of greenhouse gas emissions as almost 300 million new cars, fatally undermining ministers’ obligation to tackle the escalating climate crisis, according to new research.