Climate Change

Helen Pidd and Matthew Taylor
A protest against fracking exploration in Barton Moss, Salford, in 2014. Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

Jan. 4, 2019

Greater Manchester tells firms they are not welcome as discontent spreads

Ministers are facing a fresh confrontation with local councils over their controversial plans to expand fracking, after one of the biggest combined authorities in the country set out plans to ban the practice.

Greater Manchester’s decision to effectively stop companies from extracting underground shale gas in the region was greeted as a critical moment in the fight against fracking, which critics say is dangerous and unproven.

Leyland Cecco
 The prime minister, Justin Trudeau, has been attacked for doing too little on the environment – and too much. Photograph: Canadian Press/Rex/Shutterstock

October’s parliamentary elections may hinge on the recent pipeline nationalisation and the government’s carbon tax plan

In his four years leading Canada, the Liberal prime minister, Justin Trudeau, has gone to great lengths – at home and abroad – to bolster his environmental credentials. Now, with a federal election looming, he is gambling his parliamentary majority and political future on them.

Tom Fletcher
Minority partner: B.C. Green leader Andrew Weaver sits with NDP Energy Minister Michelle Mungall, Environment Minister George Heyman and Premier John Horgan at announcement of CleanBC plan, Vancouver, Dec. 5, 2018. (B.C. government)

Greenhouse gases, Nanaimo by-election add to tension in B.C. legislature

Jan. 1, 2019

B.C. Green Party leader Andrew Weaver wasted no time in attacking his minority government partner when B.C.’s first major liquefied natural gas export deal was announced in early October, 2018.

Melanie Green
Though the work is all-consuming, Jean Swanson does find respite in taking the odd nap. In fact, she moved her favourite rocking chair from home to her office at City Hall where she’s rested her eyes on particularly long days during the dinner break.  (JENNIFER GAUTHIER / FOR STARMETRO)

Dec. 30, 2018

VANCOUVER—Vancouver city councillor Jean Swanson still wears the friendship bracelet woven by young female inmates she befriended during her four-day stint at Alouette Correctional Centre for Women in August. She hasn’t taken it off once.

Heather Stewart
 Clive Lewis: ‘If you want your children to avoid food shortages … we need dramatic changes.’ Photograph: Graeme Robertson/Guardian
1 Jan 2019

MPs must show leadership on issues such as meat production and air travel, says Clive Lewis
Politicians must persuade consumers to make dramatic lifestyle changes if devastating climate change and mass extinctions are to be averted, according to the shadow Treasury minister Clive Lewis.
Sean Sweeney and John Treat
Just Transition

December 31, 2018  

The onslaught of extreme weather and the increasingly stark scientific assessment leave no doubt that we face an ecological and civilizational emergency. But in the year since the 23rd annual Conference of the Parties (COP23) in Bonn, Germany, a constant stream of headlines and reports have confirmed that governments are not on track to meet their climate commitments.


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