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Budget 2021 – Friends of the Earth reaction

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

PM urged to set legally binding targets to cut plastic pollution

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Businesses, MPs, faith leaders, academics and campaigning organisations are calling on the Prime Minister to introduce legally binding targets to stem the growing tide of plastic pollution.

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

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14th Jan 2021

“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.

Government allows Cumbrian coal mine to go ahead – Friends of the Earth reaction

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6th Jan 2021

Secretary of State Robert Jenrick’s decision to allow a controversial new coal mine in Cumbria to go-ahead hugely undermines UK government claims of global leadership on the climate crisis says Friends of the Earth.

Newcastle City Council unanimously rejects opencast coal mine – Friends of the Earth reaction

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19th Dec 2020

Friends of the Earth has welcomed today’s unanimous decision by Newcastle City Council's planning committee to reject a planning application for an opencast coal mine at Dewley Hill.

“Heathrow expansion remains very far from certain”: Friends of the Earth reacts as Supreme Court rules on policy allowing third runway

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16th Dec 2020

Judgment is no ‘green light’ for expansion. It makes clear that full climate considerations remain to be addressed and resolved at the planning stage, where Friends of the Earth will continue the challenge against a third runway

PM announcement: UK government investment in overseas oil ends, but Mozambique gas project continues

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11th Dec 2020

UK government announce it will stop funding oil and gas projects abroad in a victory for climate justice

“Too Conservative” – Friends of the Earth respond to CCC report

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9th Dec 2020

The advice of the government’s advisory Committee on Climate Change on the Sixth Carbon Budget is published today. Responding, Mike Childs, Head of Science at Friends of the Earth, said:

Support local councils or miss your own climate targets – Friends of the Earth and local government issue warning to Westminster

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8th Dec 2020

Groups including Friends of the Earth, Grantham Institute at Imperial College London, ADEPT, and Ashden call for central government to provide more funding and support for local action on climate crisis

Friends of the Earth welcomes breakthrough in deadlock over controversial Sefton road building plans

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Friends of the Earth has welcomed a report from Sefton Council (released 1 Dec) looking at alternatives to Highways England’s controversial A5036 Port of Liverpool Access Scheme.

UK government claims ambitious climate targets but “convenient omissions” leave questions

news release
4th Dec 2020

The Prime Minister has today (Friday 4 December) announced targets designed to reduce the UK’s emissions by at least 68% by 2030 when compared to 1990 levels. Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) were agreed under the Paris Climate Agreement and commit …

Spending Review: Aid Budget cut, National Infrastructure Strategy unveiled – Friends of the Earth reaction

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25th Nov 2020

Reacting to the Chancellor’s decision today to cut the overseas aid budget to 0.5% of gross national income in 2021, Friends of the Earth’s International climate campaigner, Rachel Kennerley said

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