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Top climate scientist warns PM over ‘contemptuous’ Cumbria coal mine plan

Exclusive: James Hansen calls on Johnson to stop support for fossil fuels in letter ahead of UN climate summit

Boris Johnson’s decision to press ahead with a new coalmine in Cumbria shows “contemptuous disregard for the future of young people” and will lead to “ignominy and humiliation”, one of the world’s foremost climate voices has warned, in a stark message to the prime minister ahead of the UN Cop26 climate summit later this year in Glasgow.

former Nasa scientist who has been called the “godfather of climate change”, has written to the UK prime minister calling on him to stop all support for fossil fuels and “earn a special place in history” for tackling the climate crisis.

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