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Lords vote down government plans to suppress disruptive protests

Extinction Rebellion protest on a sunny day in London: the photo is taken among a crowd of XR protestors facing a green XR flag.

What’s Going On Here? The government’s “highly oppressive” plans to suppress disruptive protests were met with a string of defeats in the House of Lords on Monday – some good news for Kill the Bill campaigners and eco activists. The government’s proposed changes to the police and crime bill, were a response to climate protests from Insulate Britain. The group had blocked…

Post-Brexit biodiversity plans incite concern

tomatoes growing on a farm, with farmer in the background

What’s going on here? Under the EU, BUnder the EU, British farmers received grants through the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). Following Brexit, the government has promised to introduce the Environmental Land Management Scheme (ELMS), consisting of: The Sustainable Farming Incentive, Landscape Recovery and Local Nature Recovery schemes. ELMs promises the restoration of 300,000 hectares of land 2042 by paying farmers and landowners…

UN virtual climate talks fall short

What’s Going On Here? Last week, intersessional climate talks ended after intense negotiations between the world’s leading climate diplomats. Unfortunately, the main issues of the three-week event were left unresolved and negotiators have been asked to propose solutions to ministers as part of a political resolution. What Does This Mean? From 31 May to 17 June, vital global climate negotiations were held…

US Election: Biden’s Climate Pledge

What’s Going On Here? If successful at next week’s US presidential election, the Democratic candidate Joe Biden plans to implement an extensive climate policy that would reverse the Trump Administration’s years of environmental roll backs. What Does This Mean? The $2 trillion dollar plan aims to significantly increase the use of clean energy in transportation, electricity and building sectors, initiating a major…