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May 5 Airline bailouts without climate conditions could be unlawful [1]


Apr 23 Britain bans sale of new gas, diesel and hybrid cars from 2035 [2]

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Mar 27 Sustainable transport UK: Climate change: 'Gob-smacking' vision for future UK transport [3]

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Feb 28 Bristol news: Greta Thunberg Bristol climate strike: 'The world is on fire' [4]

Feb 27 Climate campaigners win Heathrow expansion case [5]

Feb 17 UK must prepare for more intense storms, climate scientists say [6]

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Feb 11 Education UK: Pupils draft their own climate bill as anxiety grows over lack of guidance for schools [7]

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Jan 22 List of climate assemblies: UK citizens' climate assembly to meet for first time [8]

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Jan 9 Trees, woodland and forest UK: National Trust unveils woodland expansion and tree planting projects as part of plan to become carbon net zero by 2030 [9]



Dec 23 Bath: New climate emergency network launched to link schools across B&NES [10]

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Dec 16 Oxfordshire: City Council responds to Oxford Citizens’ Assembly on Climate Change and outlines £19m climate emergency budget [11]


Nov 27 East Midlands: Green new deal for Nottingham wins top Guardian award [12] Nottingham city council announced in January that it intended to become the UK’s first carbon-neutral city by 2028.

Nov 19 Opposition leaders call on Johnson to join in TV climate debate [13]

Nov 7 Majority of UK public back 2030 zero-carbon target – poll [14]

Nov 2 Climate change: Thousands invited to join citizens' assembly [15]

Nov 2 Parliamentary Citizens’ Assembly on Climate Change – A first step, but a devastating missed opportunity, Extinction Rebellion [16]

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Oct 30 Sleepy Cambridgeshire village invites Swedish climate experts to help tackle climate emergency [17]

Oct 21 Britain now G7's biggest net importer of CO2 emissions per capita, says ONS [18]


Sep 7 XR and future democracy: A/UK has been working with Extinction Rebellion to develop a Future Democracy Hub, now launching [19]

Aug 22 Ditch cars to meet climate change targets, say MPs [20]


Aug 13 London news: Uni bans burgers: No more beef to be sold on campus as students combat global warming [21]

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Jul 30 North East England: England region plans world-first for climate change teaching [22]

Jul 26 Climate more pressing than Brexit, say 71% of Britons [23]

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Jul 20 Camden: First climate assembly in UK draws up wishlist for council action [24]

July 14 Corbyn calls for UK to stop passing the buck on climate change to poorer countries [25]


Jun 13 Cambridgeshire organisation launches radical response to climate emergency [26]

Jun 11 Theresa May commits to net zero UK carbon emissions by 2050 [27]

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May 18 Wales news: ‘This is a wake-up call’: the villagers who could be Britain’s first climate refugees [28]

May 13 Thousands of parents take to the streets to demand action on climate change [29]

May 1 UK Parliament Declares Environment and Climate Emergency, Claire Mitchell [30]

Apr 15 Thousands block roads in Extinction Rebellion protests across London [31]

Mar 4 UK’s CO2 emissions fell for record sixth consecutive year in 2018 [32]

Feb 15 Climate strike: UK school pupils take part in call for urgent action [33]

Feb 8 UK pupils to join global strike over climate change crisis [34]

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Jan 24 Wales news: Machynlleth declares 'climate emergency' [35]

Britain has shifted 30% of its electricity away from fossil fuels in just nine years, Jan 10 [36]


Jan 8 Yorkshire and the Humber: Scarborough Council declares Climate Emergency in first major step to combat global warming [37]


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Bristol plans to become carbon neutral by 2030, Nov 14 [38]

Fracking protesters walk free after court quashes 'excessive' sentences, Oct 17 [39]

Top climate scientist blasts UK’s fracking plans as 'aping Trump’, Oct 13 [40]

UK carbon emissions in 2017 fell to levels last seen in 1890, Mar 7 [41]

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Edinburgh University divests from all fossil fuels, Feb 6 [42]

Transport is UK's most polluting sector as greenhouse gas emissions fall, Feb 6 [43]


Boost for fossil fuel divestment as UK eases pension rules, Dec 18 [44]

In-depth: How the ‘Clean Growth Strategy’ hopes to deliver UK climate goals, Oct 12 [45]

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Scotland: Scottish government bans fracking after public opposition, Oct 3 [46]

University fossil fuel divestment total tips £80 billion globally, Aug 17 [47]

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Bristol news: University of Bristol announces new fossil fuel divestment and carbon reduction plans, Mar 8 [48]

UK carbon emissions fell 6% in 2016 after record drop in coal use, Mar 6 [49]

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Divestival in Walthamstow, Feb 9 [50]

UK Greenhouse Gas Emissions Continue Decline, Feb 8 [51]



Fossil Free Southwark: Our Story, Dec 14 [52]

UK's carbon footprint rises 3%, Aug 2 [53]

UK poorly prepared for climate change impacts, government advisers warn, Jul 12 [54]

UK sets ambitious new 2030s carbon target, Jun 30 [55]

UK lacks policies to meet more than half its carbon emissions cuts – report, Jun 30 [56]

Analysis of official government energy use figures: The UK's emissions fell by 4.3% in 2015 after largest recorded annual drop in coal use, Feb 25 [57]

Independent review of Local Enterprise Partnership climate change good practice published, January 18 [58]

"It would help if LEPs as publically funded bodies would produce annual reviews or reports... These reports should include the progress the LEPs and partners are making on managing the business risks and opportunities of climate change."


This map shows how prepared for climate change 30 UK cities are, September 8 [59]

Large fall in UK emissions in 2014, official figures confirm, March 26 [60]

UK carbon dioxide emissions fell by 9.7% in 2014 year-on-year, according to official figures from the Department for Energy and Climate Change.
The carbon dioxide reduction is the largest on record for a growing UK economy. The 9.7% carbon reduction leaves UK emissions 29% below 1990 levels, at 422 million tonnes. Estimated 2014 UK greenhouse gas emissions of 520.5 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent would be 36% below 1990 levels.
The UK is aiming to halve its emissions by 2025 and cut them by 80% by 2050, both against 1990 levels. Today's figures suggest the UK has met an interim target to cut emissions in 2020 by at least 34%, six years early. Transport emissions increased a small amount in 2014, with a 1% increase on 2013.
UK energy demand keeps falling, down 10% between 1990 and 2014. UK energy demand peaked in around 2005 and has been falling ever since. A similar picture is being repeated across the EU, where energy use has fallen back to 1990 levels despite a 6% increase in population and a 45% expansion of economic output. Official figures published last week suggest UK emissions have fallen since 1990 even if you include emissions embedded in imported goods.


UK greenhouse gas emissions fall by 2%, March 27 [61]


CASwiki news articles have a focus on news of community action for sustainability. This article is an offshoot from Climate action UK and is for news and comment in that context.



Apr 21 Climate change: Switch road cash to broadband, adviser says [62]

Mar 4 The government must abandon its fossil fuel power projects. If not, we’ll sue, George Monbiot [63]

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Feb 27 List of climate assemblies: Why we need a new climate assembly, Letter [64]

Feb 18 How to make friends and decarbonise people: The need for user-centered advocacy within the climate action movement, Tom Harrison [65]

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Feb 4 Scotland news: Is Scotland leading the way on climate change? [66]

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Feb 3 Surrey: Six key issues Surrey County Council must address, Sarah Finch, Extinction Rebellion Reigate & Redhill [67]


Oct 21 To fight climate change, science must be mobilised like it was in World War II [68]

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Oct 3 Climate news 2019: What does Greta Thunberg's call for equity mean? [69]

Sep 23 Tyndall Carbon Targeter helps Local Authorities respond to their Climate Emergency, Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research [70]

Sep 23 If world leaders choose to fail us, my generation will never forgive them, Greta Thunberg [71]

Sep 19 For the sake of life on Earth, we must put a limit on wealth, George Monbiot [72]

Sep 16 Faster pace of climate change is 'scary', former chief scientist says [73]

Jul 4 Enough of the climate nightmare. It’s time to paint the dream, Ed Miliband [74]

May 22 Much shorter working weeks needed to tackle climate crisis [75]

Mar 18 Ending climate change requires the end of capitalism. Have we got the stomach for it? Phil McDuff [76]

Feb 17 A report from the #SchoolStrike, AlterNatives - personal stories of making change [77]


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Nov 26 Trees, woodland and forest UK: We need to bring back the wildwoods of Britain to fight climate change, Isabella Tree [78]

The planet is burning - and you know it. How should you behave with family, friends, fellow citizens? Oct 1 [79]

Neoliberalism has conned us into fighting climate change as individuals, Martin Lukacs, Jul 17 [80]

The environmental case for keeping the clocks on summer time – all the time, Mar 28 [81]

Theresa May, charging us for plastic won't make up for those awful Tory environmental policies you're keeping quiet about, Jan 11 [82]


UK climate change masterplan – the grownups have finally won, Oct 12 [83]

Ministers who fail to cut greenhouse gas emissions should face legal action, says former chief government scientist, Sep 27 [84]

Neoliberalism has conned us into fighting climate change as individuals, Martin Lukacs, Jul 17 [85]

UK climate change act threatened by “immensely scary” Brexit, says policy guru, Jun 1 [86]


Power to the people? Populism, polarisation and public engagement, Jul 28 [87]

We must close the loopholes in Britain's carbon budget, Damien Morris, April 12 [88]

Climate change action needs widespread democratic change, Andrea Westall, Strategy and Policy Consultant and Trustee of the Foundation for Democracy and Sustainable Development, January 8 [89]

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