Philippines speech moves COP19 plenary to tears

Reposted from tcktcktck.org The Philippines chief negotiator, Yeb Sano, opened the UN climate talks with an impassioned plea for urgent action, and announcing a hunger strike in solidarity for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan. In a speech that moved negotiators and observers across the conference center to tears, Sano said governments had to take notice…

Climate Justice Conference 2013: Scotland challenged to strengthen leadership

Reposted from tcktcktck.org Business leaders, governments and civil society came together this week in an attempt to progress the climate justice agenda ahead of the UN climate talks taking place this year – setting off a crucial two years for the global climate agenda. The Climate Justice Conference, hosted by the Scottish Government, brought together…

Thousands take to the streets to protest Arctic drilling

Reposted from tcktcktck.org Thousands of people from across 70 cities in 27 countries, joined together to demand major polluters, like Shell, pull the plug on their Arctic drilling operations. Across the world protesters took part in a series of “Ice Rides”, cycling part the petrol station owned by companies looking to drill in the Arctic….

Germany’s record-breaking renewables push fossil fuel plants to close

Reposted from tcktcktck.org Germany’s renewable energy industry has again shown its strength, shattering through another solar power record, as utility company RWE announces it will close fossil fuel power plants as they are no longer competitive. RWE said 3.1 GW of generating capacity would be taken offline, as it suspends or shuts down some of its…

‘Battle for Balcombe’: English village becomes hub for fracking debate

Reposted from tcktcktck.org Campaigners are continuing to protest against plans for exploratory drilling in West Sussex, as the standoff that has become known as the ‘Battle for Balcombe’ reaches its seventh day. Drilling – delayed over the weekend due to the protests – was meant to get underway today, but has been halted again as two protesters…