US President Joe Biden’s administration will suspend oil and gas leases in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge pending an environmental review. The move reverses former President Donald Trump’s decision to sell oil leases in the refuge to expand fossil fuel and mineral development. The giant Alaskan wilderness is home to many important species, including polar bears, caribou and wolves. Arctic tribal leaders have welcomed the move but Republicans are opposed.
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Letter from 50 campaign groups urges government to heed recent advice of International Energy Agency that growing fossil fuel supply is incompatible with a 1.5C world Pressure is mounting on the UK government to end all new oil and gas exploration and extraction licenses in the North Sea, following the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) landmark warning last month that further investments in new fossil fuel supplies must end this year if the chances of limiting global warming to 1.5C are to be kept alive. More than 50 campaign groups and NGOs – including Greenpeace UK, E3G, Friends of the Earth Scotland, Christian Aid, Oxfam and the UK Student Climate Network – have penned an open letter to the Prime Minister Boris Johnson today demanding an immediate moratorium on new licenses for oil and gas in UK waters. The letter calls for an end to all new licenses to explore and extract oil and gas from the North Sea, the scrapping of all direct and indirect subsidies for oil and gas extraction, and the introduction of a new net zero mandate for industry regulator the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA).
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