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Why it's time to clean up the car industry

Posted by Mel Evans — 21 March 2017 at 8:38am - Comments
Cars in traffic in London
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Traffic in Putney, London

When Greenpeace kicked off the campaign to phase-out diesel engines last year, my brother Sam was one of the first ones to look concerned. He’d just bought a diesel car second-hand. They’re supposed to be more fuel-efficient than petrol and therefore pump out less CO2 so it had seemed like the greener choice.

From the frontline: How Greenpeace volunteers are resisting fracking in Lancashire

Posted by Hannah Martin — 24 February 2017 at 2:43pm - Comments
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A frack free zone sign pinned to railings in front of Blackpool Tower, Lancashire

When fracking firm Cuadrilla was granted permission to frack for gas in Lancashire toward the end of last year, the company’s bosses probably hoped it would be the moment the anti-fracking movement gave up and fell silent.

A government scheme for funding renewables is about to be sold off to a firm that backs fracking. We must stop this

Posted by Richard Casson — 3 February 2017 at 3:32pm - Comments
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If you're on Greenpeace's email list, chances are you'll have just received an email about the Green Investment Bank - a government body that is currently being privatised. If the sale goes through as it stands, it could have devastating consequences on the UK renewable energy industry.

How much space would need to be covered by solar panels to power every home in the UK?

Posted by Richard Casson — 1 February 2017 at 2:04pm - Comments

Have you ever wondered - how much space would need to be covered by solar panels, if we tried to produce the amount of power used by every home in the UK? Well, here's the answer...

Tension in the Air: making Mary Poppins fly

Posted by Mel Evans — 26 January 2017 at 2:25pm - Comments
Mary Poppins in Air Pollution Protest in London
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This weekend at Somerset House in London – after a week of high alert air pollution – you can see Mary Poppins fly, just like she did on 6th January, merely a week into 2017, when the UK breached its air pollution limit for the entire year. Tension in the Air, is part of Space to Breathe - a weekend of creative action in response to our city’s air pollution crisis.  

The journey to City Hall

Posted by Neil Jones — 25 January 2017 at 12:06pm - Comments
School children handing letter to Sadiq Khan
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Yesterday I went to London’s City Hall to deliver a letter from over 100 local headteachers to the Mayor, Sadiq Khan. The letter calls for safe, clean air for children all over the city. “Clean air now! Clean air now! Clean air now!” chanted children from five primary schools. And who could argue with that?

Open letter to Sadiq Khan from London's headteachers

Posted by Neil Jones — 23 January 2017 at 10:17am - Comments
Children crossing a road near a red London bus
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Dear Sadiq Khan,

We are headteachers who represent schools from across London. Our schools are in areas where our children and young people are being forced to breathe some of the most toxic air in London, and the country as a whole.

We welcome the bold commitments you have made to clean up London’s air.

Fiat and Renault: An industry in crisis

Posted by Emily Randall — 14 January 2017 at 1:54pm - Comments
Renault and fiat logos
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The car industry is under the spotlight this week. Fiat are facing accusations of cheating on diesel emissions by the US Environmental Protection Agency. Like Volkswagen it is about using technology that hides the true impact and damage their cars are doing. The accusations came just a day after Volkswagen admitted to cheating emissions tests in over 500,000 vehicles and received fines of $4.3bn.

In the era of Trump it's time to build bridges not walls

Posted by India Thorogood — 13 January 2017 at 5:02pm - Comments
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Next week, Donald Trump will be sworn in as the 45th President of the United States, after a year when, around the world, the politics of hate, fear and division too often blossomed. He'll be a President that has not only denied climate change but attempted to divide our world and send a message of hatred.

5 cookery tips for a delicious #Veganuary

Posted by Sara Ayech — 11 January 2017 at 12:39pm - Comments

I was 13 when I became a veggie, much to my family’s horror. My mum dragged me to the doctor, and put chicken on my plate at every meal, then eventually stopped cooking in protest. Luckily I’m in charge now — so around 15 years ago I took the plunge and became a vegan. 

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