The British government opened a new licensing round for North Sea oil and gas exploration on Friday, October 7, 2022, despite criticism from environmentalists and scientists who say the move undermines the country’s commitment to fighting climate change.
Britain shattered its record for highest temperature ever registered on Tuesday, July 19, 2022, amid a heat wave that has seized swaths of Europe — and the national weather forecaster predicted it would get hotter still in a country ill prepared for such extremes.
Britain’s first−ever extreme heat warning is in effect for large parts of England as hot, dry weather that has scorched mainland Europe for the past week moves north, disrupting travel, health care and schools.
They say it sends a disastrous message as the United Kingdom welcomes world leaders, advocates, diplomats and scientists to Glasgow, Scotland, for a United Nations climate conference that starts Oct. 31.
The British government said on Tuesday, October 5, 2021, it will bring in tough new laws against disruptive protesters, after environmental campaigners blocked roads, highways and bridges to highlight climate change.
Drugmaker AstraZeneca said Monday that late-stage trials showed its COVID-19 vaccine is highly effective, buoying the prospects of a relatively cheap, easy-to-store product that may become the vaccine of choice for the developing world.