Cumbria coal mine set for government approval?

Barry White

Saturday’s Yorkshire Post reports that Michael Gove is expected to give his approval for a new coal mine in Whitehaven shortly.  The Secretary of State for Levelling Up is reported to have come under considerable pressure from some Tory MPs to give the controversial project the green light.

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Urgent need to tackle methane emissions

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Methane emissions are driving the warming of the planet faster than carbon dioxide https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-022-00312-2. To track and measure these emissions, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) launched the International Methane Emissions Observatory in October 2021. It catalogues discharges from the fossil fuel sector, together with waste and agricultural releases. These gases are responsible for more than 25 per cent of the global warming.

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Poorly insulated homes costs nearly £700 a year says report

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As the government begins distributing a £400 householders rebate this winter to lessen the impact on rising energy bills, https://www.gov.uk/government/news/400-energy-bills-discount-to-support-households-this-winter new research by the Northern Housing Consortium (NHC), which represents housing organisations in the region, found that 3.8 million homes are failing to reach an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of C.

Our region is home to a third of England’s fuel-poor households. Living in these poorly insulated homes costs residents at least £680 a year, the NHC’s annual Northern Housing Monitor report reveals.

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Thousands expected to take to the streets on Saturday

Barry White

A major climate coalition is set to stage protests across Britain and Ireland this weekend. The Climate Justice Coalition, which organised the biggest climate march in British history last year, has called the demonstration on Saturday 12 November, to oppose the UK government’s ‘climate-wrecking plans’. The alliance, formerly the Cop26 Coalition, expects thousands of people to march in the streets on the day to demand climate justice in support of a global day of action called for by Egyptian groups at Cop27.

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