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Greater Manchester 'Do minimum' Clean Air Plan fails to address air pollution public health emergency


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Manchester Friends of the Earth are hugely disappointed that Greater Manchester is proposing a Clean Air plan that fails to address the urgency of the public health emergency caused by air pollution.   More than 1,000 people are dying early in …

Current programmes won’t deliver net zero, warns CCC – Friends of the Earth reaction


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Commenting on today’s Progress Report by the independent Climate Change Committee (CCC), which finds major failures in the government’s delivery programmes towards meeting its climate goals, Friends of the Earth’s head of policy Mike Childs, said:  “With its own advisor warning that …

Manchester needs an Ultra-Low Emission Zone to tackle illegal dirty air in the City Centre region


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On Clean Air Day, Manchester Friends of the Earth is calling on Manchester and Salford City Councils to introduce an ultra-low emission zone (ULEZ) within the Manchester/Salford Inner Ring Road area. (1) Despite a significant reduction in road traffic during …

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Govt climate policies fall short of legally binding sixth carbon budget, court hears


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It was revealed in the High Court today that policies outlined in the government’s Net Zero Strategy will not add up to the reductions necessary to meet the sixth carbon budget – the volume of greenhouse gases the UK can …

High Court to hear legal challenge to government’s “inadequate and unlawful” Net Zero Strategy


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*  Representatives of all three organisations will be outside the Royal Courts of Justice (Strand) from 9.15am on Wednesday 8 June and will be available for interview *  Friends of the Earth campaigners will attend to mark the occasion with …

Windfall tax: Nationwide insulation needed to reduce winter fuel bills, says Friends of the Earth


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*** Friends of the Earth spokespeople available *** Money from the windfall tax should be used to fund a nationwide, street-by-street home insulation programme, says Friends of the Earth.  Friends of the Earth climate campaigner, Sana Yusuf, said: “A tax on the excess profits …

Ofgem boss estimates energy price cap will rise to £2800 – Friends of the Earth reaction


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The Chief Executive of the energy regulator Ofgem, Jonathan Brearley, has today told the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Committee that he will write to the Chancellor informing him that the energy price cap is expected to rise to …

Shell AGM: climate protest to target firm’s first London shareholder meeting (Friends of the Earth & Defund Climate Chaos press release)


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Shell AGM: climate activists to stage protest outside company’s first investor meeting since moving HQ to the UK Rally to take place from 9am outside Central Hall Westminster Renewed calls for a windfall tax on company’s vast profits as people …

Cumbrian coal mine: Why Michael Gove must say no


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** Friends of the Earth spokespeople available for interview A government decision on whether or not to grant planning permission for a controversial new coal mine in Cumbria is expected in the next few weeks.  The government has said that Michael Gove, …

Insulation call as inflation hits 40-year high


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• Nationwide insulation programme needed to help bring down soaring energy bills, says Friends of the Earth Reacting to news that the cost of living has increased at its fastest rate for four decades, Connor Schwartz, climate lead at Friends of the …

Shell profits – Windfall tax call by Friends of the Earth


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Reacting to the bumper profits announced today by Shell, Friends of the Earth campaigner Connor Schwartz, said: “While giant fossil fuel firms like Shell post massive profits, millions of people are struggling with sky-rocketing energy bills and living in heat …

Local elections 2022: Will election candidates make climate a priority this election? #LE2022


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With one day of campaigning to go before the local elections in Greater Manchester,  Manchester Friends of the Earth welcomes the cross-party support from candidates for urgent action on climate change and other environmental challenges facing us locally, nationally and …

BP Profits – Friends of the Earth calls for windfall tax


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Reacting to BP’s huge profit announcement today, Friends of the Earth energy campaigner, Sana Yusuf, said:  “It’s astonishing that companies like BP are allowed to rake in huge profits while people up and down the country are struggling with soaring …

Cumbrian coal mine: Leading green NGOs urge Michael Gove to reject Whitehaven mine


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Green steel is the future, say environmental groups Cumbrian coal would not replace Russian imports The chief executives of 14 of the UK’s leading environmental organisations have written to Michael Gove, Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, urging him …

News release: Local elections 2022: Make climate a priority this election


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Ahead of the local elections, Manchester Friends of the Earth are asking all candidates standing for election across Greater Manchester to let voters know what they think about key environmental issues. (1)On Thursday May 5th, people have the opportunity to vote for the local councillors to …

North West: Govt urged to help thousands of households save energy and slash soaring bills


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Nearly 2 million North West homes poorly insulated, data shows A by-council breakdown of poorly insulated homes across England is available here Government urged to revisit Energy Security Strategy after admitting it won’t cut bills for five years The government is …

Energy efficiency and renewables must be at the heart of Energy Security Strategy, says Friends of the Earth


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*** Friends of the Earth spokespeople available for interview ***  The rapid expansion of the UK’s vast renewable resources, including onshore wind, and a nationwide energy efficiency drive should be the cornerstone of the government’s Energy Security Strategy, which is …

IPCC Report: “We cannot entertain the idea of 1.5 degrees of warming” – Friends of the Earth reaction


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Responding to the IPCC’s latest report focusing on climate change mitigation, Rachel Kennerley, international climate campaigner at Friends of the Earth, said: “We cannot entertain the idea of 1.5 degrees of warming, not even temporarily, because there’s no knowing how …

Energy price cap rise: major home insulation programme would slash bills of nearly eight million households, says Friends of the Earth


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New data analysis identifies the number of homes by local authority area and parliamentary constituency that would benefit from the rapid rollout of loft and/or cavity wall insulation. Top 20 league tables are available here and here, and the data for all areas …

Fracking: regulators lift order requiring Cuadrilla to plug its shale wells by the end of June


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Responding to the news that the UK’s only shale gas wells will not be sealed up by June 2022 as previously planned, Danny Gross, energy campaigner at Friends of the Earth, said: “Leaving the door open to fracking on the …

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