Spectacular images of the California wildfires win a major award

Barry White

Josh Edelson, an Agence France-Presse contributor since 2012, is one of two photo category winners of the inaugural Covering Climate Now journalism awards. The prize recognises his extraordinary coverage of massive wildfires that ravaged large areas of northern California last summer. His coverage also heightened awareness of the climate emergency. Agence France-Presse (AFP) is an international news agency based in Paris.

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Open letter to Grant Shapps about the government’s Jet Zero strategy

Barry White

Earlier this month 38 academics and other staff at University of Leeds wrote an open letter to Grant Shapps, Secretary of State for Transport about the government’s proposed strategy to make UK aviation net zero by 2050. It was reprinted in the Yorshire Bylines and is reproduced below.

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Region’s Climate Action Plan under consideration

Barry White

An online public consultation on the Yorkshire and Humber Climate Commission’s regional climate action plan closed last Friday. The Commission published 50 draft headline actions for the report, which cover cross-cutting issues, climate readiness and resilience, and net zero. The action plan itself will include more context and more detail on the specific actions proposed.

Part of the public consultation included two evening public webinars. The first focused on the ‘climate resilience aspects of the plan’ while the second focused on the ‘net zero aspects’.

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New report on a framework for climate and just transaction at work

Barry White

The Greener Jobs Alliance (GJA) is an organisation of trade unions, student organisations, campaigning groups and a policy think tank. It campaigns around the issue of jobs and the skills needed to transition to a low-carbon economy. The founding members of the GJA are the University and College Union (UCU), Trades Union Congress (TUC), Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth, National Union of Students (NUS), People & Planet, and the Institute of Public Policy Research.

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