Congratulations to Rishi Sunak on becoming UK's prime minister today. His short-lived predecessor Liz Truss was not only in denial of the climate crisis but was actually actively hostile to renewable energy. Even though she only served 45 days, she imposed a windfall tax on renewables and nuclear energy only and promoted exploitation of oil and gas in the North Sea by issuing new exploration licences. [I am not supportive of nuclear energy.] The climate is in crisis. It's deteriorating and we're regularly breaking temperature records in UK despite so-far having it very easy compared to the rest of the World. It can't be simply denied as the Tories have been doing. Denial of the climate crisis is insane. It's going to get worse and extreme protests like closing the M25 are going to increase, the idea being that the protestors are stopping normal conduct of life that is killing the planet. Hopefully Rishi will tax the rich to pay for public services. He should know - through being filthy rich - that they're not even going to notice it.
The UK has opened a new licensing round for companies to explore for oil and gas in the North Sea.
Nearly 900 locations are being offered for exploration, with as many as 100 licences set to be awarded.
The decision is at odds with international climate scientists who say fossil fuel projects should be closed down, not expanded.
They say there can be no new projects if there is to be a chance of keeping global temperature rises under 1.5C.