‘Key moment’ on climate emergency says report

Barry White

A new UN report says that while many of the impacts of global warming are irreversible there is still a brief window of time to avoid the very worst. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warns that humans and nature are being pushed beyond their abilities to adapt,

Over 40% of the world’s population are “highly vulnerable” to climate, the study finds but if the rise in temperatures is kept below 1.5C, it would reduce projected losses.

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Landmark report calls for region to shape its own future

Barry White

A recent report by the think tank, the  Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) North  https://www.ippr.org/files/2022-01/1642509678_sotn-2021-22-jan-22.pdf has called for radical change in decision making powers if the government wants to capitalise on Yorkshire being at the forefront  of the green energy revolution.

The report’s summary points out that:  ‘On net zero, despite the North being home to many of the assets that are needed in order to transition to a greener and more sustainable future, the region remains held back from shaping its own net zero future. This is typified by the fact that while the North generates more than 50 per cent of England’s renewable energy – with Yorkshire and the Humber alone seeing a 4,206 per cent increase in its renewable energy contribution since 2003 – the promise of widespread green jobs seems like a distant prospect in many places.’

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Government admits to inadequate action on climate change

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The government has admitted that its efforts to insulate the UK from climate change impacts have been inadequate following a report published yesterday by its official advisers, the Climate Change Committee, see: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/1047003/climate-change-risk-assessment-2022.pdf .

The costs of climate change to Britain are “high and increasing”, the report says, and could reach many billions of pounds a year. It means climate change must be built into all long-term decisions, such as new housing or infrastructure. The aim should be to avoid costly remedial actions in the future.

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Suffocating rivers exposed

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A ‘chemical cocktail’ of sewage, agricultural waste, and plastic is polluting the waters of many of the country’s rivers according to a report published on 13 January by the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee, see: https://committees.parliament.uk/publications/8460/documents/85659/default/ . It points out that water companies appear to be dumping untreated or partially treated sewage in rivers on a regular basis, often breaching the terms of permits that on paper only allow them to do this in exceptional circumstances.

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