Climate Change

People’s March for Climate, Justice and Jobs 29th NOVEMBER 2015:

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People’s March for Climate, Justice and Jobs

29th NOVEMBER 2015:

On this date, a huge protest will be taking place across London on the eve of the crucial Paris climate talks, which will take place from the 30th November to the 12th December.

Around the world, in major cities, people will be coming together to demand that our governments take action to save our beautiful planet. Across the UK, people will be working together to make this the biggest, most poignant demonstration yet, and our unified voice will resonate from London across the globe to call for real action on climate change.

Join us – let’s show international solidarity in the fight for climate justice!

Assemble Park Lane, 12 noon

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Melting glacier? Yawn. Climate change is boring, worthy – and terrifying

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Collapsing Greenland glacier could raise sea levels by half a metre, say scientists

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Collapsing Greenland glacier could raise sea levels by half a metre, say scientists

Science editor Thursday 12 November 2015

Huge Zachariae Isstrom glacier has begun to break up, starting a rapid retreat that could continue to raise sea levels for decades to come

The Zachariae Isstrom glacier in Greenland
Scientists say the Zachariae Isstrom glacier has now become detached from a stabilising sill and is losing ice at a rate of 4.5bn tonnes a year. Photograph: Christoph Horman/

A major glacier in Greenland that holds enough water to raise global sea levels by half a metre has begun to crumble into the North Atlantic Ocean, scientists say.

The huge Zachariae Isstrom glacier in northeast Greenland started to melt rapidly in 2012 and is now breaking up into large icebergs where the glacier meets the sea, monitoring has revealed.

The calving of the glacier into chunks of floating ice will set in train a rise in sea levels that will continue for decades to come, the US team warns.

“Even if we have some really cool years ahead, we think the glacier is now unstable,” said Jeremie Mouginot at the University of California, Irvine. “Now this has started, it will continue until it retreats to a ridge about 30km back which could stabilise it and perhaps slow that retreat down.”

Mouginot and his colleagues drew on 40 years of satellite data and aerial surveys to show that the enormous Zachariae Isstrom glacier began to recede three times faster from 2012, with its retreat speeding up by 125 metres per year every year until the most recent measurements in 2015.

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From Derby Climate Coalition: UK Climate leader at Derby Cathedral, November 5th

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UK Climate leader at Derby Cathedral, November 5th

John Gummer – now Lord Deben – will be hosting a public meeting at Derby Cathedral at2:30pm on November 5th. An outspoken voice on climate change, Lord Deben chairs the Independent Committee on Climate Change and will be representing the UK at the Paris 2015 conference.

This is a unique opportunity to put your questions to the UK’s leading representative on climate change. It is, of course, free to attend, and refreshments will be available.

The People’s Climate March London on November 29

We’re mobilising for the biggest climate march in UK history. The march takes place as world leaders begin to assemble for a summit that aims to reach a strong global deal on climate.

At the same time as the march in London, hundreds of thousands of people will be marching in other parts of the world from New York to Mumbai to Rio. Together we’ll show our leaders that we’re watching.

The  Derby Climate Coalition coach to the London march  leaves Belper at 8.30 am and Derby Full Street at 9.00 am We’ll be forming up at 12:00 on Park Lane, next to Hyde Park Corner, and finishing with a star studded rally on Millbank, outside Westminster, due to end at 15:45.and will depart from London at 16.30 pm. Please register here:

The coach has been heavily subsidised by Derby Climate Coalition and we are seeking  additional donations  from organisations and individuals.

The National Climate Coalition Climate Coalition  (formerly known as Stop Climate Chaos) have put together these resources:

 Derby Climate Coalition


From the TUC: Thanks, George, for over 1,000 solar energy redundancies

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Thanks, George, for over 1,000 solar energy redundancies

08 Oct 2015, by in Environment

Leicester-based Solar energy firm Mark Group has just announced over 900 redundancies, and it lays the blame on the doorstep of No. 11. Climate Energy has also just declared 160 job cuts across the UK. The Mark Group said: “We are extremely disappointed that the draconian policy proposals made by the government in August will essentially eliminate the solar PV market in the UK and have made our plans unviable.” A major inward investment partnership with US-owned SunEdison has also collapsed. George Osborne cant say he wasn’t warned.

The solar trade said last week that the jobs of up to 27,000 people in the solar energy sector (out of a total of 35,000) could be at immediate risk due to the proposed 87% cut to the domestic feed-in tariff for solar energy.  Similar anxieties affect the wind industry: in the last year £1.25bn was invested into the UK because of wind energy, sustaining 15,500 direct and 15,078 indirect jobs.

Solar ind jobs at risk

Business Green is the first to report that Mark group’s decision to lay off over 900 of its 1,165 staff (77%) is evidence of “The fall-out from the government’s controversial scrapping of a raft of green policies.”

So much for the Chancellor’s proud claim this week “We are building for the working people of Britain.”

A statement on the company’s website confirmed Deloitte LLP has been appointed as administrators and all appointments for surveys and installations undertaken by the company’s solar arm have been cancelled. It was founded in 1974, but had been badly affected by by the slow-down in the domestic energy efficiency market caused by the failure of the Green Deal energy efficiency scheme.

Mark Group had high hopes once. In August it struck a deal with US-based solar installer SunEdison to expand into the UK ground-mount solar sector, securing its position as one of the top-three utility, ground-mount solar players  However, SunEdison announced this week it is drastically scaling back its presence in the UK following the Chancellor’s proposals to slash subsidy support for solar installations. Yesterday it confirmed it had sold the solar division back to Mark Group.

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Climate Crisis: Drawing a line in the sand: The movement victory at Ende Gelände opens up the road of disobedience for Paris

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Drawing a line in the sand: The movement victory at Ende Gelände opens up the road of disobedience for Paris


The raucous rattle of a low flying helicopter shakes me awake. It must be the Police.  The sun hasn’t risen yet and the tent’s sides still smell of morning dew. I doubt I was the only one in this field who didn’t sleep deeply last night. Today is the day of action we have been waiting for  Ende Gelände (Here and no Further) – 1500 people have pledged to enter RWE’s Garzweiler open cast coal mine, and block the gargantuan “bagger” excavators with their bodies, thus shutting down Europe’s largest source of CO2 emissions.

This is direct action as it should be. It’s not just a symbolic gesture that tells a story and makes an injustice visible, but an action which targets the very source of the problem and stops it in its tracks. Of course if the day is a success then its stories will work their magic, building confidence in the movements, being told around camp fires and cafés, buzzed through the social media sphere and printed as newspaper headlines.  But the actual stopping of CO2 emissions themselves, the fact that the lignite coal, the dirtiest type of coal in the world, will not be dug out and burnt, is what counts. Ende Gelände is not a media stunt, it’s a collective act of resistance that for once feels proportionate to the scale of the emergency, catastrophic climate change, which is the size of the land, sea and sky combined. If all goes to plan, it will be one of the biggest acts of disobedience for climate justice ever. For many of those just waking up in this lush field,  it will be the first time they have broken the law for their beliefs.  The first time I took direct action was 20 years ago, but the nerves never go away and the butterflies are playing havoc with my intestines.

Thousands have been preparing for this moment over the last week at theKlima Camp. Inspired by UK Climate Camps which were born in the shadow of the Drax coal fired power station in 2006,  this temporary model of an alternative society is set up a few kilometers from the open cast mine in a supportive farmer’s field.  The complex operation is self managed via daily direct democracy meetings where issues such as how not to overburden the field’s WiFi, to organising the emptying of compost toilets are discussed. The organisation is impressive, there are solar panel points to charge up mobile phones, an onsite cinema, an ’emotional first aid’ tent for those going through tough times, rows and rows of identical white workshop tents and an entire circus marquee filled with toys for children.

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