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UK planning last-ditch China climate talks to break impasse before Cop26

By Bambam

Exclusive: Crunch meeting of world leaders tabled for this month, with Xi key to success of climate summit

Boris Johnson is planning to convene last-ditch climate talks with the president of China, Xi Jinping, at a crunch meeting of world leaders later this month, in hopes of breaking the global impasse on climate action before the Cop26 climate summit being hosted in Glasgow this November.

Xi will be invited, along with the leaders of about 30 other countries, to a high-level meeting on the sidelines of the UN general assembly in New York on 20 September, the Guardian has learned.

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Massive Attack cancel Liverpool gig to boycott arms fair at venue

By Bambam

Bristol band “disappointed” by move, but said showing solidarity with people of Liverpool supersedes live show

Massive Attack said it is “really disappointing” to cancel a Liverpool gig in order to boycott a venue where a major weapons fair is due to be held next month.

Robert “3D” Del Naja, one of the Bristol band’s founding members, said the move was to show solidarity with the people of Liverpool, where campaigners have launched a legal challenge in an attempt to stop the controversial electronic arms fair taking place.

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Disastrous season means UK shoppers could pay 50% more for pasta

By Bambam

Price of durum wheat up by 90% after drought devastates harvest in Canada, one of the biggest producers

Shoppers can expect to pay more for their pasta in coming months amid shortages of its key ingredient following a disastrous growing season.

A scramble for durum wheat has pushed the price up nearly 90% this summer after drought and soaring temperatures hit farms in Canada, one of the biggest producers.

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Scottish campaigners condemn Cop26 as ‘the most exclusionary ever’

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Activists say almost 2,000 people on waiting list for place to stay owing to lack of affordable accommodation

Scotland-based climate campaigners have condemned “the most exclusionary Cop ever”, as they reveal a waiting list of nearly 2,000 delegates and activists who were still seeking affordable accommodation for November’s summit in Glasgow.

The Cop26 Homestay Network, which was launched in May, and is described by organisers as a “non-corporate Airbnb”, aims to match local hosts from across the central belt of Scotland with visiting climate change campaigners, scientists and non-governmental organisations.

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The Australia deal shows the UK is happy to compromise climate goals for trade | Gwen Buck

By Bambam

Leaked documents that reveal the removal of references to temperature targets set a worrying precedent

When the prime minister, Boris Johnson, launched trade negotiations with Australia in June last year, he lauded the opportunities of trading with a like-minded country, a land that could ply the UK with reasonably priced chocolate biscuits and cheap wine.

Except, of course, when it came down to it, there would always be more to this deal than swapping Penguins for Tim Tams. For the environment, current Australian rules do not match up to ours. On animal welfare, pesticide standards and climate change, the approach of the current Australian government isn’t the same at all.

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Anxiety and biscuits: the climate cafes popping up around the world

By Bambam

Organisers say showing people they are not alone in their fears is key to instigating climate action

Kathy Kilmer tried bringing up the climate crisis twice at a recent dinner party, but it didn’t go well. Guests quickly turned the conversation to other topics.

“I just feel awful bringing it up,” said Kilmer, a retired conservation group communications director from Denver, Colorado. “And yet, I feel like talking about it is absolutely key to getting people to understand it.”

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UK’s top climate adviser says criticism of net zero goal is ‘defeatist’

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Chris Stark urges Treasury to speed up pace of decarbonisation strategy ahead of Cop26 summit

The UK’s top climate adviser has pushed back strongly against “defeatist” criticism that the country’s net zero target is expensive, and urged the Treasury to pick up the currently “incremental” pace of decarbonisation.

Chris Stark, the chief executive of the Committee on Climate Change (CCC), urged the debate over net zero to be framed in a more positive light: “It can be done,” he said. “It is worth it … I hope we can move away from thinking about the cost and see it as a mission to modernise the economy.”

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‘A duty of care’: medics stage XR die-in outside JP Morgan in London – video

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Sixty doctors, nurses and other health professionals have staged a die-in protest outside JP Morgan’s Canary Wharf headquarters in London to highlight the bank’s investment in fossil fuels.

The demonstration on Friday was organised by Doctors for Extinction Rebellion and was part of a two-week series of XR protests against organisations supporting fossil fuels

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Extinction Rebellion protesters break bail terms for City protest

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Environmental demonstrators disobey orders to stay away from London financial district

Dozens of Extinction Rebellion activists have carried out a mass act of non-violent civil disobedience by breaking bail conditions ordering them to stay away from the City of London financial district.

The activists joined with hundreds of supporters in a low-key rally outside the Bank of England on Thursday afternoon, listening to speeches from a mobile sound system.

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WWF office sit-in enters second day as XR keeps up London protests

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Extinction Rebellion members march through Westminster and target offices of JP Morgan

An occupation of the offices of the environmental group WWF by a protest in solidarity with indigenous people in Africa has continued into its second day, as Extinction Rebellion’s actions continued in London on a smaller scale.

About a dozen activists organised under the banner WTF WWF occupied the WWF offices in Woking, Surrey, on Tuesday morning. They stayed overnight, refusing to leave until it begins a dialogue with indigenous communities in Tanzania, Kenya and Cameroon who say they are being displaced by conservation efforts.

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The Observer view on the pros and cons of deep-sea mining | Observer editorial

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There may be merits to mining the seabed, but investing in alternative green technologies on land should be the priority

Deep-sea mining has become one of our planet’s most divisive problems. By stripping the ocean floor of its vast mineral wealth, proponents say we can obtain the cobalt, manganese, nickel and copper we urgently need for the green technologies – the electric vehicles, batteries and wind turbines – that must replace our carbon-emitting cars, power plants and factories. The only alternative to these deep-sea sources lies on land, where a huge expansion of mines would trigger environmental havoc: more sinkholes, devastated wildlife and polluted soil and groundwater. It is therefore time to plunder the riches of the deep to save our planet’s smouldering landscapes, it is argued.

These proposals are rejected outright by many scientists and green activists who say the colossal deep-sea dredging that would be involved in raising these minerals would trash swaths of ocean floor and wipe out precious, slow-growing animals and plants, while clouds of toxic sediments would be sent spiralling up from the deep, destroying marine food chains in the process. Deep-sea mining will only worsen our ecological woes, they maintain.

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