climate change

Hung parliament is historic opportunity for climate

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7 May, 2010

Action on climate change must not be the loser from a hung parliament. That was the message today (Friday 7 May 2010) from seven of the UK's largest environmental organisations as they issued a joint challenge to the political parties now haggling over the make-up of the next Government. David Norman, head of Campaigns at WWF, said: "Whoever becomes Prime Minister, one of their most pressing tasks will be to take rapid action to deal with the threat of climate change. They must also take action to protect our under-pressure natural environment.

China: why coal takes more than it gives

Posted by jossc — 23 April 2010 at 10:58am - Comments

China is the king of coal. It is the world's biggest producer and consumer - but this reliance on coal is costing the country dear.

Because coal kills.

From the miners who dig it, to the people who breathe in its fumes, to the skies that swallow immense clouds of carbon dioxide, heating the earth and causing climate change and rising seal levels, coal takes more than it gives.

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Liberal Democrat manifesto launch - Greenpeace response

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14 April, 2010

Reacting to the launch of the Liberal Democrat manifesto, Greenpeace executive director John Sauven said:

"The Liberal Democrats have set out the most progressive environmental policies of all the major parties, and they now have a real chance to make them count. As part of a coalition government, this party could establish red lines on issues like Heathrow and coal power and focus instead on developing the clean technologies that will define the 21st Century.

Conservative Party manifesto launch - Greenpeace response

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13 April, 2010

Reacting to publication of the Conservative Party election manifesto, Greenpeace executive director John Sauven said:

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What are your election candidates saying about climate change?

Posted by jamie — 7 April 2010 at 10:36am - Comments

Election time is here again © CC Rodrigo Ono

And we're off! The election campaign is officially underway, although in practice it's been rumbling away for months. Listening to the news over the past few days, the political commentators seem certain that it's currently anyone's guess as to who will form the next government: Labour, the Tories or (whisper it) a coalition.

This uncertainty is no bad thing. For a start, it makes the process much more interesting, but it also means that with no party certain of victory, constituents have a chance to influence their parliamentary candidates' stances on various issues, particularly if they're in one of the key marginal constituencies which will decide the election. It's not a fair system but for the time being, we have to work with what we've got.

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Saving polar bears

Posted by Willie — 21 March 2010 at 7:39pm - Comments

As iconic species go, the polar bear is quite literally up there. They are emblematic of the top-most chunk of the planet, as well as the emotive symbol of the effects of catastrophic climate change.

Polar bears are quite impressive. They are the world’s largest land predator, and undoubted 'rulers' of their ice kingdom. In popular culture they exist as cuddly toys, heroic fighters, and fashion accessories for Lady GaGa (don’t worry, I checked, it’s fake).

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