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Islington Council has warned the government must “step up” in the production of decarbonised electricity, so the borough can meet its goal of net zero carbon by 2030, to help avert a climate catastrophe.

Islington Council is rolling out six more school streets by the end of the year, meaning streets outside will be closed during pick-up and drop-off times in term time.

An interim report on air pollution and monitoring data in Islington’s People Friendly Streets neighbourhoods will be published six months into each scheme.

Islington Council has announced that its sixth “people-friendly streets” neighbourhood will launch in Highbury West and Highbury Fields by the end of the year.

Islington Council is leading a £1.6million project which it says will “create new opportunities and improve facilities” in the Cally, and could see the introduction of more ‘people-friendly streets’.

Extinction Rebellion (XR) protesters have vacated Highbury Corner where they had set up home in the treetops for the past three weeks - but Islington Council’s plans to chop them down to make way for a block of flats have been thwarted yet again after another protest group took their place.

Some of the borough’s most colourful horticultural creations have been recognised in the Islington in Bloom 2020 awards.

Six Islington parks have been recognised as some of the most beautiful, well-managed green spaces in the country.

Islington Council has offered to plant more trees with the money that would be spent evicting protesters from the trees they’ve set up home in - if they agree to come down.

Islington Council’s waste and cleaning team has been given six new e-bikes to replace their diesel vans, so they can get around without polluting the environment.

Protesters have set up “home” in the treetops overlooking Highbury Corner in a last ditch bid to stop them being chopped down to make way for private flats.

More than 70 NHS doctors have called on the Prime Minister to pull the plug on plans to build a new incinerator to burn all of north London’s waste, claiming he could save more lives than they all would in their entire careers if he prevents the toxic emissions it would belch out.

Health bosses at the Whittington Hospital have denied reports this week that it was set to be designated as a “covid-free” site.

Transport for London has been criticised for not watering the newly-planted trees and shrubs at Highbury Corner, leading to them dying.

Bus lanes in Hackney and Islington will become operational 24/7 as part of a trial to encourage public transport use as the Covid-19 lockdown is lifted.

Another People Friendly Streets area is all set to be installed in Islington.

Islington’s third People Friendly Streets neighbourhood has been revealed.

Islington Council’s new scheme for residents to brighten up their streets with boxed planters has been branded “prohibitively expensive”, with the cost to have a small plant pot on the pavement clocking in at £630 a year.

Islington Council has signed up to a London-wide campaign encouraging businesses to the tackle air pollution caused by idling engines.

Islington Council’s traffic calming measures are supported by 90 per cent of respondents to a survey carried by a neighbourhood group.

Extinction Rebellion campaigners from Islington tied a thousand origami cranes around the pillars of the Bank of England today, to symbolise hope as they called for a green recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.

Crowds of people gathered in front of Islington Town Hall to have their voices heard against the borough’s new people-friendly streets.

Camden and Islington’s top cop has said that, at this stage, his officers won’t be policing the compulsory wearing of masks in shops.

Richard Watts has blamed apps like Waze for having to introduce car restricting measures to Islington.

More than 4,000 people have signed a petition calling for Islington’s “people-friendly neighbourhoods” changes to be reversed.

The location of Islington’s second people-friendly streets neighbourhood has been revealed.

Environmental campaigners have been transporting supplies to the HS2 protesters camping in trees.

Islington Council is accelerating the rollout of its school streets programme, with 80 per cent of the borough’s primary schools set to benefit before the end of the year.

Playgrounds in Islington will start to reopen today (July 9) in the borough following the Covid-19 lockdown.

Greenpeace’s boss has avoided a jail sentence, but the eco campaign group has been whacked with an £80,000 fine for trying to stop BP drilling for new oil at a field the government unlawfully granted a permit for.

Campaigners are continuing in their fight to save a “little forest” in Islington from the axe, two years after the plans were given the given light.

Green-fingered Islington neighbours are rallying the troops to save mini-gardens planted by the community in pallets on the road.

A month remains to have a say on environmental action plans for Islington.

The head of the project to rebuild an incinerator to burn all of north London’s waste refused MP Sir Iain Duncan Smith’s request today that he carry out a cost review of the £1.2bn project, even though its cost has doubled since last July.

More than 500 campaigners have signed a petition urging the council to abandon plans to build on a wildflower meadow in Archway – warning it will cause “reckless loss of a natural habitat”.

The annual Islington in Bloom horticultural competition has moved online this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

A charity has called for the “commercialisation” of Finsbury Park to be reviewed in light of Wireless Festival 2020’s cancellation.

Seven north London have reaffirmed their support for a new waste incinerator in Edmonton after calls from Extinction Rebellion for the project to be paused over soaring costs.

London’s longest nature reserve is becoming “too dangerous” with runners and cyclists flouting social distancing rules, says a conservation group chair.

Neighbours in Highbury are urging the council to take inspiration from New York’s High Line and save a green space that forms part of the New River Walk.

Campaigners climbed up trees to stop a council contractor cutting them down this morning.

A new energy centre using heat from Northern Line Tube tunnels can now provide warmth and hot water to 1,350 Islington homes.

A group of anxious north Londoners met in Stroud Green Library this week to launch the North London Aircraft Noise Campaign Group.

A people’s assembly was held at the town hall last night to discuss how best to tackle the climate emergency.

A not-for-profit organisation that promotes litter picking has praised the efforts of Islington volunteers to collect single-use plastic.

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