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2020 one of hottest years on record – Friends of the Earth reaction

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Responding to news that 2020 was among the top three hottest years on record, Friends of the Earth’s climate campaigner Rachel Kennerley said: 
“This is yet another clear warning that climate breakdown is here and the impacts – deadly droughts, terrifying wildfires, devastating storms – are hitting us hard and fast. 
“A proportionate response to the threats we face is urgently needed. This means bold and sweeping changes.
“By investing £27bn in a polluting roads programme and letting new coal mines open the UK government is still not taking the climate emergency seriously. 
“The UN climate talks in Glasgow at the end of the year give the government an opportunity to finally get in gear and start delivering the changes we need to face down this crisis.”

For more information contact the Friends of the Earth press office on 020 7566 1649 / 07718 394786 (out of hours – please do not text this number) or by emailing  

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1. Friends of the Earth is an international community dedicated to the protection of the natural world and the wellbeing of everyone in it. We bring together more than two million people in 75 countries, combining people power all over the world to transform local actions into global impact. For more information visit: follow us at @friends_earth, or like our Facebook page.

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