More action on Leeds Bradford Airport

Jess and the GALBA team (Group for Action on Leeds Bradford Airport)

As global leaders arrive at COP27, the world is facing up to the enormity of the climate crisis. We all know that governments have made matters worse with years of inaction and greenwash.  But we also know we have the power to make them wake up and take action. You were so central to our fight to persuade the UK government to hold a Public Inquiry into Leeds Bradford Airport’s climate-wrecking expansion plans; plans that would have seen passenger numbers and emissions almost double.

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Decision on Cumbria coal mine delayed again

Barry White

Just a few days before COP27 opens, the decision on whether to approve the proposed Whitehaven coal mine in Cumbria has been delayed for the third time, see: https://www.businessgreen.com/news/4059426/government-delays-cumbria-coal-planning-decision-cop27. COP 27 could have been a chance for the new Prime Minister to announce to the world that the UK stands by the commitments made in Glasgow last year to consign coal to history. Instead, the decision has been put off again and is now expected sometime in December.

Alongside 24 other environmental organisations, including the RSPB, Greenpeace and The Wildlife Trusts, the countryside charity CPRE has written to Secretary of State Michael Gove – who’s now back in charge of making the decision – urging him to refuse the Cumbria coal mine, for the countryside and the planet see: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/government-urged-to-block-first-new-coal-mine-for-30-years-5s906r6d2

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New report reveals massive inequality in UK carbon emissions

Barry White

Little media coverage has been given to a recent report by Autonomy, https://autonomy.work/portfolio/climate-fund-climate-action/ which shows that the top 1% is responsible for the same amount of carbon emissions in a single year as the bottom 10% are in more than two decades. The report which was covered by The Guardian on 1 November, https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/nov/01/polluting-elite-enormous-carbon-dioxide-emissions-gap-between-poorest-autonomy-study revealed that the data covered the period to the end of 2018, before the Covid 19 pandemic, which saw a great reduction flying, travelling and other high carbon activities.

“It would take 26 years for a low earner to produce as much carbon dioxide as the richest do in a year, according to Autonomy’s analysis of income and greenhouse gas data from 1998 to 2018, which found that people earning £170,000 or more in 2018 in the UK were responsible for greenhouse gas emissions far greater than the 30% of people earning £21,500 or less in the same year”, the newspaper reported.

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That fracking ban is back

Barry White

In a reversal of policy announced by former prime minister Truss (which itself was a reversal of policy) fracking will in effect remain banned under Rishi Sunak’s government, his spokesperson confirmed this yesterday, saying the new prime minister was committed to the policy in the 2019 manifesto. Earlier at prime minister’s question time Rishi Sunak told the Commons that he stood by the manifesto, which put a moratorium on shale gas extraction.

The Conservative Party’s 2019 manifesto commitment said the ban would be in place until there was new scientific evidence about the safety of fracking. It reads: “We placed a moratorium on fracking in England with immediate effect. Having listened to local communities, we have ruled out changes to the planning system. We will not support fracking unless the science shows categorically that it can be done safely.”

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