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Greenpeace Dumps Four Tonnes of Coal at Defra Offices

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2nd February, 2007

Two trucks, sent by Greenpeace and daubed with "BLAIR DUMPS CLIMATE" tipped four tonnes of coal on the doorstep of the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs this morning, to expose this government's failure to act on climate change.

The protest comes on the same day that the IPCC, the world's most respected climate change organisation, announced that global warming is worse than previously thought and 'unequivocally' man-made.

Greenpeace believes that, 'because Blair has made coal cheaper to burn than the less polluting natural gas, he has encouraged a wave of applications from energy companies to build brand new coal fired power stations - the first new applications in 20 years. These power plants would be the nail in the coffin for the UK's attempts to stop catastrophic climate change.'

Coal, which contains 50% carbon, produces far more carbon dioxide than either oil or gas and is the largest contributor to global warming.

Read about the IPCC report here  

This article first appeared in the Ecologist February 2007

 

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