Britain’s power stations went without burning any coal for the longest period since the Industrial Revolution over the bank holiday weekend. Enough wind to turn turbines and lower demand for electricity because factories were closed meant that coal-fired stations were not needed for more than five days, the National Grid said. The weather was chilly but it was not cold enough to persuade many households to turn their heating on. By 7pm yesterday no coal had been burnt for 125 hours. That beats the previous record of 90 hours and 45 minutes, set at the Easter weekend. It was only in 2017 that Britain passed its first milestone for coal abstinence, going 24 hours without burning any.
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ACTIVISTS arrested after they staged a “people’s assembly” protest at an oil dinner in Edinburgh have had their cases dropped. Extinction Rebellion (XR) Scotland said the 14 “non-violent” protesters were arrested under Section 38 of the Criminal Justice Act, which typically refers to an allegation of threatening or abusive behaviour. However, the group says the procurator fiscal service has marked all of their cases for “no further proceedings” . The protest took place in March when the group “peacefully” occupied the main atrium of the National Museum of Scotland ahead of the Scottish Oil Club Dinner – an annual networking event for the fossil fuel industry in Scotland – which was attended by nearly 900 oil and gas executives.
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