Environment

Extinction Rebellion (XR) has announced it is pausing its campaign of civil disruption in 2023 but vowed to continue to protest against the “abuse of power” by vested interests. Hundreds of members of the environmental group have been arrested for causing disruption to further political action on climate change. On Sunday (Jan 1) XR said it will “temporarily” move away...

Government’s coal mine decision is a ‘climate crime against humanity’

Caroline Lucas, the UK’s only Green party MP has accused Rishi Sunak’s government of committing “a climate crime against humanity” by approving a “toxic” new coal mine in Cumbria. A host of other critics have railed against the decision by...

Police arrest journalists at Just Stop Oil protest

Police have arrested and held for 13 hours a documentary filmmaker and a press photographer filming a Just Stop Oil protest on the M25. Police also searched one of their...

Sunak bans fracking while Starmer slams PM’s ‘grubby deal’ with Braverman

Rishi Sunak has reversed one of Liz Truss’s key policies by committing his government to the fracking ban. The new prime minister told the Commons he “stands by the manifesto”...

‘We’re not a nanny state’ – PM blocks plan to battle blackouts

Britons will not be told to use less energy this winter because “we’re not a nanny state”, climate minister Graham Stuart said in response to news the UK faces...

Water companies blame rain for raw sewage on beaches

Beachgoers in England and Wales have been warned to stay out of the water, not because of sharks but for something else beginning with ‘sh’. Pollution alerts have been issued by the Environment Agency after...

Government and industry ‘wargames’ threat of energy blackouts

UK energy suppliers are preparing to “wargame” emergency plans to avert blackouts this winter with warnings that low gas supplies could see power stations shut off. Government officials and sources at two power stations say...

Fear of riots as energy bills predicted to be £4,266 in January

Almost half of Britons fear there will be riots if the government does not provide more help with the cost of living crisis as energy bills are forecast to surge past £4,200. More than half...

Britain burns as fires rage on UK’s hottest ever day

Fire brigades have been battling fires on the UK’s hottest ever day as temperatures passed 40C for the first time in history. Scientists are warning Monday and Tuesday’s unprecedented temperatures are a “wake up call”...

Truss and Sunak pull out as TV debates prove too hot for Tories

Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak have withdrawn from the third Conservative leadership TV debate following concerns the clashes between rivals are damaging the party’s standing. Sky News has been forced to cancel the programme after...