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“Case for Cumbrian coal mine at its weakest”: Friends of the Earth reacts to council withdrawing support for Whitehaven coal

news release
6th May 2021

Cumbria County Council has shared its Statement of Case a day ahead of the Planning Inspector's deadline, now saying it is neutral with regard to the mine: neither for or against the application.

News release: Climate and ecological emergency should be deal breaker in all council actions, say local election candidates

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5th May 2021

With one day of campaigning 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 globally.

Coroner calls for government action on air pollution targets – Friends of the Earth reaction

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21st Apr 2021

A coroner’s call for the government to address his concerns over existing weak air pollution targets, following the tragic death of nine-year-old Ella Kissi-Debrah after a fatal asthma attack, has been welcomed by Friends of the Earth.

Mozambique gas project: High Court to hear application for legal challenge over UK government financial support

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Burning gas from plant each year could equal climate-wrecking emissions from EU aviation sector

UK to toughen climate targets – Friends of the Earth reaction

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20th Apr 2021

Commenting on the UK government’s expected decision to strengthen its targets for cutting greenhouse gas emissions for the next 15 years, Friends of the Earth climate campaigner Connor Schwartz said

Youth-led hustings puts Mayoral candidates under spotlight on climate

news release
3rd Apr 2021

Over 100 people attended the Greater Manchester Climate and Environment Hustings on Thursday evening (1 st April), to hear candidates Andy Burnham (Labour), Melanie Horrocks (Green) and Simon Lepori (Liberal Democrats) set out their commitments to address the climate and ecological emergencies if they are elected Mayor of Greater Manchester on 6th May.

Deposit Return Scheme consultation – Friends of the Earth reaction

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24th Mar 2021

A comprehensive Deposit Return Scheme [DRS] could be a game-changer in efforts to reduce the huge number of discarded plastic bottles that blight our environment – but it must include all drinks containers of all sizes, Friends of the Earth said today.

Government ban on UK funding of overseas fossil fuel projects: Friends of the Earth warns that exemptions would be disastrous

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Reacting to news that the UK government is to ban funding of fossil fuel projects overseas, Rachel Kennerley, climate campaigner at Friends of the Earth, said:

World Water Day: Action urged on plastic water bottles

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22nd Mar 2021

Friends of the Earth and City to Sea are today marking World Water Day by urging politicians, companies and the public to help reduce plastic pollution caused by the billions of single-use plastic water bottles used in the UK every …

Coal: “Very compelling reasons” not to open mine, says minister – Friends of the Earth reaction

news release
17th Mar 2021

Reacting Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng’s comments today that there are “very compelling reasons” not to open a new coal mine in Cumbria, Friends of the Earth climate campaigner Tony Bosworth said:

Government ‘calls in’ controversial Cumbrian coal mine

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11th Mar 2021

Welcoming news that communities secretary Robert Jenrick has decided to ‘call in’ Cumbria County Council’s controversial decision to grant planning permission for a new coal mine near Whitehaven, Friends of the Earth climate campaigner Tony Bosworth said

Budget 2021 – Friends of the Earth reaction

news release
3rd Mar 2021

Reacting to the Chancellor’s Budget today, Friends of the Earth’s head of policy Mike Childs said:

‘Banned’ neonicotinoid will not be used on 2021 sugar beet crop – Friends of the Earth reaction

news release
2nd Mar 2021

Welcoming news that an emergency authorisation for the use of ‘banned’ neonicotinoid pesticide on sugar beet will not now be used

Local green apprenticeships needed to fix youth unemployment crisis

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Research by Friends of the Earth has revealed that creating 250,000 green apprenticeships leading to jobs including in renewable energy, woodland creation, and peatland restoration, would help address the crises in youth unemployment (that could cost today's unemployed young people £39bn in future earnings), and climate breakdown.

Drax drops plans for Europe’s largest gas plant – Friends of the Earth reaction

news release
25th Feb 2021

Welcoming news that power giant Drax has abandoned plans to build Europe’s biggest gas power plant, Friends of the Earth Yorkshire and Humberside campaigner Simon Bowens said:

Dirty pensions: North West local government funds still heavily invested in fossil fuels

news release
23rd Feb 2021

Local councils in the north west still have over a billion pounds invested in planet-wrecking fossil fuels through local government pension funds.  Freedom of information requests by environmental campaigners found that, despite decreases in recent years, local government pensions in the north west held over £1.4 Billion of investments …

Cumbria Council reconsidering controversial coal mine – Friends of the Earth reaction

news release
9th Feb 2021

Friends of the Earth has welcomed Cumbria Council’s decision today to reconsider approval for the a controversial coal mine near Whitehaven.

Top scientist warns PM over coal mine decision – Friends of the Earth reaction

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4th Feb 2021

Responding to today’s warning from leading climate scientist James Hansen that the UK government’s decision to allow a new coal mine to go ahead in Cumbria shows a “contemptuous disregard for the future of young people”

Victory for Friends of the Earth as Dutch court orders Shell to pay Nigerian farmers over oil spills

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30th Jan 2021

Friends of the Earth Netherlands (Milieudefensie) wins court case against Shell at Court of Appeal in The Hague

Environment Bill delayed – Friends of the Earth reaction

news release
26th Jan 2021

Reacting to news that the government’s flagship environment bill has been delayed, and not expected to become law until the autumn, Friends of the Earth campaigner Kierra Box said

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