We need a fossil fuel non-proliferation treaty – and we need it now | Andrew Simms and Peter Newell

Climate breakdown is an imminent threat to humanity. But an international treaty could avert calamity

How did government respond to the recent scientific conclusion that only “rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society” can deliver the globally agreed target for stopping climate breakdown? In the UK, fracking for fossil fuels was given the green light, plans were announced for a huge new road in the south-east, incentives for electric vehicles withered, the expansion of Heathrow airport is still going ahead and Gatwick airport is trying to expand too by bringing a back-up runway into use. It’s like seeing a sign that says “Danger: vertical cliff drop” and pulling on your best running shoes to take a flying leap.

Something isn’t working. The head of the oil company Shell responded to the new climate science warming by clarifying that “Shell’s core business is, and will be for the foreseeable future, very much in oil and gas.” BP announced new North Sea oil projects. Immediate choices are being made with blank disregard to avoiding climate breakdown.

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Pret allergy death: parents to meet Gove over food labelling

Family of Natasha Ednan-Laperouse will call for swift changes at meeting with environment secretary

The parents of a girl who died after eating a Pret a Manger sandwich are to meet the environment secretary, Michael Gove, to call for a change in the law to require all foods to be labelled clearly with any allergens.

Natasha Ednan-Laperouse, of Fulham, west London, collapsed on board a flight to Nice in 2016 after eating a sandwich she bought at Heathrow airport containing sesame seeds, to which she was allergic. She later died in hospital, aged 15.

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Britain has created a crisis in childhood, says former children’s commissioner

Sir Al Aynsley-Green has written a hard-hitting book that he hopes will shame politicians and spark a national debate

Childhood is being ruined in the UK, and the education system under Theresa May’s government is largely to blame. That is the central message of a new book, The British Betrayal of Childhood, published this week by the former children’s commissioner for England, Sir Al Aynsley-Green.

“Is there a crisis in childhood in Britain? My answer is an unequivocal yes,” says Aynsley-Green. “Mrs May’s government is not doing enough for children, especially in education.”

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Legal Aid Agency taken to court for refusing to help rough sleepers

Liberty says aid agency is declining to help the homeless challenge illegitimate PSPOs

A human rights organisation is taking the national provider of legal aid to court because it is refusing to help rough sleepers challenge councils over the use of potentially unlawful powers to move them on.

Liberty has launched the legal challenge against the Legal Aid Agency because they will not offer assistance to rough sleepers and other local residents who cannot afford to pay lawyers if they want to challenge local authorities’ use of public space protection orders (PSPOs).

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Glasgow strike: schools and nurseries to shut down

In what is believed to be the biggest strike of its kind 8,000 workers will participate in a two-day walkout for equal pay

Hundreds of schools and nurseries will be shut and home care services affected as Glasgow city council workers walk out in a row over equal pay claims in what is believed to be the biggest strike of its kind.

More than 8,000 members of the GMB and Unison unions will participate in two days of industrial action, starting at 7am on Tuesday, over what they see as a lack of progress on equal pay claims.

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