A public inquiry has begun into the development of the UK’s first deep coal mine in 30 years. The project, run by West Cumbria Mining (WCM), would extract 2.78 million tonnes of coal a year up until 2049, but has been widely criticised for its potential environmental impact.
The Conservative government have once again proven their unwillingness to take necessary action against climate change, continuing to defend a planned North Sea oil exploration that could create 255 million barrels of oil.
Yesterday, whilst on a tour of Northern Scotland, Boris Johnson said: “Thanks to Margaret Thatcher, who closed so many coal mines across the country, we had a big early start and we’re now moving rapidly away from coal altogether.”
Tomorrow marks 100 days until the start of the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Glasgow. It is due to take place in November having been pushed back a year, due to the Coronavirus Pandemic.
Scientists worldwide have posited that February 2022, the scheduled release date of the report, may be too late to take the urgent action necessary to stop climate catastrophe. Research by the IPCC is often foundational for international meetings regarding climate change, yet even with the imperative nature of the topic, no measures are being taken to publish the report any sooner.
The UK government has begun talks to join the trans-Pacific trading bloc CPTPP, as part of its post-Brexit move to focus on trade outside of Europe. International Trade Secretary Liz Truss opened negotiations on Tuesday morning with Japan’s Yasutoshi Nishimura, the current chair of the CPTPP.
After orchestrating an occupation of the Science Museum in London, a band of activists were threatened with arrest last night (Saturday 19 June 2021), but have affirmed that they’ll continue their action today. Due to the museum’s decision to receive sponsorship from fossil fuel giant Shell, the London branch of the UK Student Climate Network (UKSCN) coordinated the protest.
G7 leaders from across the world have travelled to Carbis Bay, near St Ives in Cornwall as talks continue across the weekend, with Covid-19 vaccines and the environment high up on the agenda. The G7 brings together the largest capitalist economies, from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK and the United States. Russia joined to form the G8 but has since been excluded. Other leaders have also been invited this year, including the far right leader of the BJP in India, Narendra Modi, who will attend virtually, while Ursula von der Leyen will represent the European Union.
As the globe braces for a considerable emphasis on environmental issues at the G7 summit, Britain’s 100 richest families are being asked to give £1 billion over the next five years to deal with the climate disaster and stop the devastation of the natural world. In order to avert imminent catastrophes that would endanger all their other philanthropic endeavours, each of the 100 wealthiest families in Britain, and the 100 largest charitable foundations, have received a letter requesting that they make the climate and biodiversity disasters a target of their supposed charitable efforts.
The animal rights group Animal Rebellion have launched numerous direct action operations against the fast food giant McDonalds.