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Labour plans major climate role for Bank of England

Tuesday - UK Labour plans to give the Bank of England powers to help to check the readiness of City firms to cut carbon emissions and invest responsibly to tackle the climate emergency.

UK commits to 2050 emissions target

13 Jun 19 - Greenhouse gas emissions in the UK will be cut to almost zero by 2050, under the terms of a new government plan to tackle climate change.

Britain powers to two weeks free of coal

6 Jun 19 - Britain has not used coal to generate electricity for two weeks - the longest period since the 1880s.

Anger as Church of Scotland stays with fossil fuels

24 May 19 - More than 70 Church of Scotland delegates have formally lodged their frustration at the decision of its general assembly not to divest from fossil fuels.

Glasgow aims to be UK’s first net-zero city

21 May 19 - Glasgow has committed to being the UK’s first net-zero city.

Agriculture emissions put Wales on the outer

16 May 19 - Wales' farming emissions have been put in the too-hard basket by the UK Committee on Climate Change.

New orchards offer new life to wild species

16 May 19 - New orchards are appearing across the UK to stop the widespread decline of rare insects and birds, and to slow down climate change.

Pollution research points finger at Coca-Cola

16 May 19 - Coca-Cola bottles and cans are the most commonly found items of packaging pollution on British beaches, new research shows.

City investors push for BP to be more open

15 May 19 - A coalition of major London investors have emerged as key players in forcing BPto be more transparent in how it fights climate change.

London to have first hydrogen doubledeckers

14 May 19 - London will have the world’s first hydrogen-powered doubledecker buses on its streets next year.

UK goes coal-free for entire week

10 May 19 - The UK has produced coal-free energy for seven days in a row - the first time since the industrial revolution.

UK ‘to end contribution to global warming’

7 May 19 - The UK will stop warming the global climate by 2050 and urge other countries to follow, under independent advice just published.

MPs endorse Corbyn call to declare emergency

3 May 19 - British MPs have endorsed a Labour motion to declare a formal climate and environment emergency,

Scotland and Wales declare climate emergencies

2 May 19 - The Scottish and Welsh parliaments have separately declared climate emergencies, just as Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party is expected to push Westminster to do the same for the whole of the UK.

Corbyn launches bid to declare climate emergency

30 Apr 19 - Labour will this week force a vote in the UK parliament to declare a national environmental and climate change emergency.

Greta goes for climate change general strike

Greta Thunberg

23 Apr 19 - Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old Swedish environmental activist, has given her support for a general strike for the climate.

Crowds of climate protesters disrupt London

16 Apr 19 - Thousands of people have blocked well-known landmarks and a bridge in central London, bringing widespread disruption to the capital in a “climate rebellion” that organisers say could last several...

UK plant aims to make hydrogen from plastic waste

16 Apr 19 - Two British companies are joining forces to establish a plant which will turn plastic waste into hydrogen.

Science festival bans fossil fuel sponsorship

5 Apr 19 - The charity running the Edinburgh international science festival is to ban sponsorship from oil companies including Shell and Total after protests by climate campaigners.

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