COP26: A just transition?

Barry White

Last November, the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) held two just transition workshops at a fringe meeting in Glasgow City Chambers during COP26. The workshops examined national just transition examples from around the world and projects that emphasise community engagement and participation. The nine speakers from England, Wales, Germany, Ghana, Indonesia, Malaysia, the US and Kenya told the in-person and online audiences about their projects, highlighting what helped them succeed and the obstacles they had to overcome.

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Past seven years the hottest on record

Barry White

Along with other news outlets, the BBC web site https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-59915690 reports that the past seven years have been the hottest on record by a clear margin, according to new data from the European Union’s satellite system. The Copernicus Climate Change Service https://climate.copernicus.eu/ which provides information about the past, present and future climate, as well as tools to enable climate change mitigation and adaptation, reported that 2021 was the fifth-warmest year, with record-breaking temperatures in some regions. Their data is gathered from a constellation of Sentinel satellites that monitor the Earth from orbit, as well as measurements taken at ground level.

They also warn that the amount of warming gases in our atmosphere continued to increase.

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Results of transport and energy survey to be discussed

Barry White

Saturday’s Green Café virtual meeting (15 January) organised by ACE, will get a comprehensive report on the transport and energy survey which was carried out during the summer. We distributed over 2,500 questionnaires to residents in Settle and surrounding villages. 701 were returned of which 586 were posted and 155 were completed on-line, representing a return rate of 27%.

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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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