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Protesters blocked off Sheep Lane from Westgate Street to the Bush Road junction this afternoon over "dangerous levels" of air pollution outside London Fields Primary School.

"All of our animals could die. We could die. We have to be careful," a young pupil from Daubeney Primary School warned sombrely outside Hackney Town Hall today, on an unseasonably blazing hot September afternoon.

Council environment bosses are awaiting test results from water in Clapton Pond where 10 ducks were found dead last week.

Education secretary Gavin Williamson today told this paper he backed headteachers' right to exclude pupils, and touted a new wave of free schools for kids with special educational needs (SEND) - but wouldn't say whether he supported the school climate strikes.

In perhaps the most Stoke Newington event of the year there will be yoga taking place in Church Street for Car Free Day.

Eco campaigners set up stall in Hackney markets at the weekend to chat to shoppers about climate change - with most urging the government to act fast.

Hackney Council is the first local authority in the country to trial a glyphosate-free area to see if it can carry out high quality maintenance without the weedkiller.

Hackney Green Party protested outside the town hall last week over the protracted redevelopment of the Woodberry Down Estate.

More than 300,000 people spent a total of £38million at major festivals in Finsbury Park last year, a report reveals.

A "pop-up" mall in Shoreditch has applied to extend its booze licence as ex-tenants have told of their struggle to stay afloat.

A "beach house" is still standing on top of a 19th century industrial building in the Regent's Canal conservation area, despite orders to remove it over two years ago.

If you had to choose between them, would you pick hedgehogs or a new ice centre? This is the stark choice eco campaigners claim is on the cards with the Lea Valley Regional Park Authority's plans to revamp - and expand - Lea Bridge Road ice centre. Emma Bartholomew finds out what's on the cards.

An arts organisation is showing how one man's rubbish and can be another man's treasure in a project transforming disused bathtubs into garden pots across Hoxton.

A beloved topiary elephant in Finsbury Park has lost its head after a car crashed into it last night.

"Vigilante" neighbours are fighting to save Finsbury Park's famous topiary elephants from being cut down, the Gazette can reveal.

New electric vehicle (EV) charging points in Newington Green are causing problems, because anyone can park next to them.

Neighbours and a secondary school have lodged objections to a canalside venue's bid to hold theatre shows and film screenings and serve alcohol on its roof.

Traffic will be banished from Stoke Newington Church Street on September 22 to mark worldwide 'car free day'.

Campaigners are fighting to block what will be one of the biggest incinerators in Europe from being built in north London. They tell Emma Bartholomew it will lock us into decades of low recycling rates, air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions

Extinction Rebellion campaigners called for immediate action on climate change as they carried out a series of attention-grabbing stunts at the weekend, including intermittently stopping the traffic in Dalston on Saturday.

Hackney Council has told Extinction Rebellion to "scale down" its planned festival in London Fields this weekend - but said it supports the three-day protest in principle.

Extinction Rebellion activists planning to take over London Fields next weekend don't want the "big names" performing there to distract people from their vital message.

Council chiefs are asking for the public's help on how to improve Finsbury Park - and want to know whether or not to lock it at night.

An alarming infestation of "toxic caterpillars" has left neighbours in Dalston urging their landlord to act.

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