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Video: Climate Change Day of Action marchers target E.oN HQ

Posted by jossc — 23 March 2009 at 6:29pm - Comments

Here's a powerful video just in from last week's Climate Change Day of Action march against the E.oN headquarters in Coventry.

US climate campaigners turn up the heat on Congress

Posted by jossc — 3 March 2009 at 11:45am - Comments

Climate activists shut down a coal power plant on Capitol Hill, Washington DC

Update 5 March: watch a highlights video from the Capitol Climate Action

Yesterday was a momentous one for the climate movement in the US. Over 2,500 clean energy activists came to Washington DC to participate in the largest act of civil disobedience on global warming in American history. Former coal miners, ministers, mothers and students - all members of Capitol Climate Action - successfully shut all five entrances to the coal-fired Capitol Power Plant, which is used to heat and cool the Capitol building, for over four hours.

Kingsnorth trial: Jim Hansen's full statement

Posted by bex — 12 September 2008 at 10:49am - Comments

James Hansen

James Hansen in conversation outside Maidstone Crown Court © Rezac/Greenpeace

I blogged bits of Hansen's spoken testimony on the day he gave it, but here's his written witness statement in full (pdf).

If you don't want to read through the whole thing, here are the summary facts (known, as Hansen writes, "by the UK government, by the utility EON, by the fossil fuel industry, and by the defendants at the time of their actions in 2007"):

Kingsnorth, court cases and climate scientists - an update on our coal campaign

Posted by bex — 12 February 2008 at 11:09am - Comments

Greenpeace volunteers at the top of Kingsnorth's chimney

Jubilant climbers on top of the chimney at Kingsnorth power station in October

I've been so busy with the launch of EfficienCity (our blueprint for a climate-friendly town) that I haven't had a chance to update you on all the goings on in our coal campaign since we delivered our alternative energy speech at the government / industry shindig last Wednesday.

On Friday morning, listeners of Radio 4's Today programme heard a withering attack on the proposed new coal plant at Kingsnorth from top Nasa scientist (and the world's most eminent climate scientist) James Hansen. The plans for the UK's first new coal plant in 30 years were, he said, a "terrible idea" which “will destroy the efforts of millions of citizens to reduce their carbon emissions”.

Letter to the prime minister: your leadership is needed

Posted by bex — 19 December 2007 at 1:05pm - Comments

A couple of days ago, I wrote that leading climate scientist and director of Nasa's Goddard Institute James Hansen was planning to write to Gordon Brown, urging him to stop the new coal rush in the UK.

Here's the full text of that letter. It's powerful stuff, and piles the pressure onto Gordon Brown ahead of next month's decision by Medway Council, on whether to allow the first new coal plant in 30 years to be built at Kingsnorth.

No new coal (it's not rocket science, Gordon)

Posted by bex — 17 December 2007 at 4:02pm - Comments

No new coal

It doesn't take a rocket scientist to realise that building a load of new coal power plants probably isn't the brightest idea for the future of our planet, but it's nice when a rocket scientist comes out and says it.

The director of Nasa's Goddard Institute for Space Studies, Dr. James Hansen, has joined the debate on the UK's the new coal rush, and is writing to Gordon Brown to urge him to block plans to build up to eight new coal-fired power stations.

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