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Lower voting age would give young a climate voice

Friday - The voting age should be lowered to 16 because today’s young people are the ones that face a “toxic inheritance” of environmental crises, a leading think tank has said.

No need to cut back on beef, say UK farmers

13 Sep 19 - Farming can become climate neutral by 2040 without cutting beef production or converting substantial areas of farmland into forest, according to UK farmers.

Scottish group calls for ban on fossil-fueled cars

28 Aug 19 - A coalition of climate campaigners and business groups have called for a ban on all petrol and diesel vehicles in Scottish cities as part of a multibillion-pound strategy to cut carbon emissions.

Boris Johnson’s partner pressures politicians

Carrie Symonds

19 Aug 19 - Boris Johnson’s partner Carrie Symonds said politicians had a “gigantic responsibility to make the right decisions” over the climate crisis, in her first solo public appearance since moving into Downing Street.

Whatever feeds these young minds, it won't be beefburgers

14 Aug 19 - A university has banned the sale of beef in campus food outlets in order to help to tackle the climate emergency.

Boris has plans for UK nuclear power tax

31 Jul 19 - All electricity consumers in Britain will pay a new UK nuclear tax, a levy on their bills to finance the construction of nuclear power plants under a scheme announced by the government.

What Boris Johnson thinks about climate crisis

25 Jul 19 - Here's what new British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said and done about climate change.

Offshore auctions will bring Queen a windfall of millions

19 Jul 19 - The Queen stands to make hundreds of millions of dollars from the world’s biggest offshore windpower auction in a decade.

UK puts zero emissions rules on ships

15 Jul 19 - The UK government says all new ships ordered from 2025 and aimed for its waters must be equipped with zero emission technology as part of a plan to cut maritime pollution.

UK climate planning ‘like Dad’s Army’

12 Jul 19 - The UK government’s own advisers have declared themselves shocked that the Britain has no proper plans for protecting people from heatwaves, flash flooding and other impacts of the climate crisis.

Energy giants to cut thousands of petrol and diesel vans

10 Jul 19 - Two of the UK's biggest energy suppliers have pledged to replace thousands of their existing fleet of vans with all-electric models by 2030.

MAKING A CRUST: Chainstore puts new life into dead bread

8 Jul 19 - Britain’s largest supermarket chain is launching a drive to reduce food waste from bread by turning unsold bread into new products.

Labour plans major climate role for Bank of England

25 Jun 19 - UK Labour plans to give the Bank of England powers to help to check the readiness of City firms to cut carbon emissions and invest responsibly to tackle the climate emergency.

UK commits to 2050 emissions target

13 Jun 19 - Greenhouse gas emissions in the UK will be cut to almost zero by 2050, under the terms of a new government plan to tackle climate change.

Britain powers to two weeks free of coal

6 Jun 19 - Britain has not used coal to generate electricity for two weeks - the longest period since the 1880s.

Anger as Church of Scotland stays with fossil fuels

24 May 19 - More than 70 Church of Scotland delegates have formally lodged their frustration at the decision of its general assembly not to divest from fossil fuels.

Glasgow aims to be UK’s first net-zero city

21 May 19 - Glasgow has committed to being the UK’s first net-zero city.

Agriculture emissions put Wales on the outer

16 May 19 - Wales' farming emissions have been put in the too-hard basket by the UK Committee on Climate Change.

New orchards offer new life to wild species

16 May 19 - New orchards are appearing across the UK to stop the widespread decline of rare insects and birds, and to slow down climate change.

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