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Chinese President Xi Jinping has announced to the United Nations General Assembly that China will aim to reach carbon neutrality by 2060, having hit peak emissions before 2030. His announcement came a week after the European Union pledges to reduce its carbon emissions by 55% by 2030.

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The UK looks set to bring forward its ban on sales of new petrol and diesel-powered vehicles from 2040 to 2030. An announcement was planned for later this week, but will now be put back until later in the year, as the government focuses on tackling the new increase in Covid-19 infections. The 2030 ban is supported by the Committee on Climate Change, the government's advisory panel.

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The Greenland ice sheet lost 532 billion tonnes of ice in 2019. The rate of melting has been monitored since 2003 and 2019’s ice loss was more than double the average of 255 billion tonnes and broke the previous record, set in 2012, by 15%.

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Our new essay writing challenge for 15 to 18 year-olds, '2,000 Words to Change the World' produced lots of extremely impressive essays, written on one of four key topics: climate change; sustainable development; responsible travel; and reducing waste. In its first year, 2,000 Words to Change the World has been sponsored by Eurostar.

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On Wednesday 26 February, a Reception was held in the House of Commons to launch the first ever education legislation to have been drafted by pupils and students. It was hosted by Nadia Whittome MP, at 24 the youngest serving MP and was attended by 53 MPs and 47 students aged 13 to 26, including three of YPTE's Young Trustees.

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On Wednesday 26 February 2020, fifty students, including three of YPTE's Young Trustees will be entering parliament on a mission to engage MPs and Peers in the need to repurpose the education system around the climate emergency and ecological crisis.

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