The UK government has urged British company GCM Resources to assess how its planned coal mine in Bangladesh would affect the human rights of local people, and has condemned the company for breaching international guidelines on ethical corporate behaviour. Its findings, released today, state that the project “has aroused considerable opposition in Bangladesh, leading to violent protests, and an even more violent response by the authorities there.”
As the European Commission concludes its consultation on biodiversity offsetting, almost 10,000 people and nearly 60 organisations (including us) have signed a letter urging the Commission not to pursue policy related to biodiversity offsetting (BO). They fear it would “harm nature and people, and give power to those who destroy nature for private profit.”
Dutch journalist Caroline de Gruyter, writing for NRC Handelsblad reported that incoming European Commission president Jean Claude Juncker is said to have decided to remove the controversial investor-to-state dispute settlement (ISDS) from TTIP, citing that it is “too late” to win on the issue, and to send a clear signal to EU citizens that he has “heard them."
Protests are planned across the UK and the rest of Europe against the TTIP trade deal between the EU and the US on Saturday 11 October, as part of a day of simultaneous protests in hundreds of towns and cities.
Today in Parliament 241 MPs voted in favour of the Clive Efford's private member's bill aimed at preventing the privatisation of the NHS and 18 MPs voted against, which means that it has passed its first reading.
Two years of concerted campaigning by WDM results in Barclays, the UK's biggest player in food speculation and one of the top three globally, announcing that it will no longer trade in food for speculative purposes.
Following a prolonged campaign by a coalition of Scottish NGOs and local pressure groups including WDM Scotland, plans for a new coal-fired power station in Hunterston, North Ayrshire are shelved.
After concerted lobbying by WDM supporters, French oil company Total postpones plans to mine tar sands deposits in one of the poorest regions of Madagascar.
The UK government puts £10 million of its climate finance towards the UN Adaptation Fund, and agrees to give the majority of its funds to the World Bank's climate adaptation fund as grants rather than loans.