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As politicians begin climate talks, anti-fracking campaigns unite for march

Issue No. 2529

UN general secretary Ban Ki-moon and European Parliament president Martin Schulz congratulate themselves on ratifying the Paris agreement

UN general secretary Ban Ki-moon and European Parliament president Martin Schulz congratulate themselves on ratifying the Paris agreement (Pic: European Union 2016 - European Parliament)


Hundreds of people were set to march in Manchester against fracking on Saturday. It brings together local anti-fracking campaigns from across Britain.

North Yorkshire County Council granted Third Energy—97 percent owned by Barclays—permission to frack at Kirby Misperton in Ryedale. The decision will face a judicial review later this month.

The government overturned Lancashire County Council’s decision not to let Cuadrilla frack at Preston New Road in Little Plumpton.

Politicians from around the world are congratulating themselves for ratifying last year’s Paris deal. But their agreement to cut greenhouse emissions means less than their actions to increase them, such as fracking and airport expansion.

Protesters were set to gather at London Heathrow airport against airport expansion on Saturday of next week.

The Campaign Against Climate Change trade union group is also hosting a discussion with author Andreas Malm on the link between fossil fuels and capitalism in London on Thursday of next week.

United against fracking demonstration, Saturday 12 November, assemble 11am at Piccadilly Gardens, Manchester M1

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