Climate change commitments: ugly truths, beautiful ideals

Andy Brown

The simple fact is that the Glasgow summit has not been a great success. For the leaders of many nations the main purpose of coming to Glasgow was to make statements that sounded impressive without any intention of taking serious action or even delivering on weak and woolly commitments. There is absolutely nothing any international body can do to hold those leaders to their promises.

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After COP 26 urgent government action needed says report

In its independent assessment of COP26, the Climate Change Committee (CCC) has made a series of key recommendations to the UK government for action at home and internationally. The report published on 2 December on global progress after COP26 points out that the UK has one of the most ambitious 2030 emissions targets in the world, but it does not have all the policies in place to deliver it.

The Committee is an independent, statutory body established under the Climate Change Act 2008, advising the UK and devolved governments on emissions targets. It also reports to Parliament on progress made in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and preparing for and adapting to the impacts of climate change.

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Out with the old and in with the new (saving the government just over £1 billion)

Barry White (sourced from Byline Times)

Just days before COP 26 opened in Glasgow, Chancellor Rishi Sunak quietly cut hundreds of millions of pounds of Treasury investment helping households to become more environmentally friendly. Some £1.5 billion was put aside by the Treasury last year for an ambitious programme to subsidise the insulation of 600,000 homes under the ‘Green Grant’ scheme. But, as the National Audit Office revealed in September https://www.nao.org.uk/report/green-homes-grant/ the scheme collapsed after the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) contracted out the administration of the vouchers (worth up to £10,000 for low income families) to a US company, ICF, a US global consulting and technology company.

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What has our energy use at home got to do with climate change?

Jess Wiles Hubbub

Environmental charity Hubbub is working with Craven District Council to help residents reduce their energy consumption at home and save money this winter. Jess from the charity, explains how and why getting savvy with your energy bills can help do your bit to tackle climate change.

A huge 22% of the UK’s carbon emissions come from energy used to heat and power our homes. And while the amount of renewable energy in the energy grid is increasing all the time, there is still a big reliance on fossil fuels like oil and gas to provide this power. Fossil fuels produce carbon and greenhouse gas emissions which cause climate change and damage our communities and economy in Yorkshire, through flooding and high summer temperatures.

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