Councils’ shake up – ‘put it on hold’ says ACE  

Barry White

The ACE Steering Group in responding to the government’s consultation on local government reorganisation in North Yorkshire has called for the review to be put on hold believing that tacking the climate emergency should be the chief priority. In a submission to the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government it also points out that  “… currently much of the work of the councils involved in this consultation is firmly focused on helping residents through the COVID-19 pandemic – and this will be their priority for some time. We therefore call for this consultation to be put on hold at the present time…”

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To tackle climate change the wealthy must change their lifestyles


A major new report by the Cambridge Sustainability Commission on Scaling Behaviour Change calls on policy makers to target the UK’s polluter elite to trigger a shift to more sustainable behaviour, and provide affordable, available low-carbon alternatives to less affluent households. The commission comprised a panel of 31 individuals who study people’s behaviour relating to the environment. They were tasked to find the most effective way of increasing action to tackle carbon emissions.

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COP 26 should be postponed says Greta Thunberg

The Swedish climate campaigner Greta Thunberg says she does not plan to attend the UN climate conference due to be held in Glasgow this November. She is concerned about the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on attendance at COP26 and believes the summit should be postponed. Greta says the UK government, which is hosting the summit, should wait until global vaccination rates have risen.

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Government puts Leeds Bradford airport plans on hold

Plans for a new terminal at Leeds Bradford airport have been put on hold amid widespread criticism from local MPs, residents and environmental groups. The plans were given conditional approval by Leeds city council in February, but yesterday the government issued a direction preventing the council from granting planning permission without special authorisation. The block will give communities secretary Robert Jenrick time to consider whether to call in the application.

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