YDMT gets £249,900 government grant from Green Recovery Challenge Fund

Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust’s Together for Trees is one of the first environmental projects awarded a grant from the government’s £80 million Green Recovery Challenge Fund. Sixty eight projects have been awarded grants between £62k and £3.8 million to kick-start a pipeline of nature-based projects while creating and retaining jobs, with the first funding round seeing £40 million pot allocated. The second round of funding opens early next year.

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Calls on government to scrap planning proposals which will ‘undermine public trust’

More than two thousand local councillors (2,062 to be exact) have joined with the countryside charity CPRE and Friends of the Earth to call on the government to abandon the most damaging elements of its changes to the planning system. The changes the government have proposed threaten to silence local voices on planning issues and treasured areas of local green space and countryside.

In an open letter to the Secretary of State for Housing, Robert Jenrick, the councillors warn that the proposed changes to planning will undermine the trust that the public has in the planning system and ‘could radically reduce protections for nature, local green spaces and fail to tackle climate change.’

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Government told that ending UK’s climate emissions is ‘affordable’

The Climate Change Committee (CCC) has today set out details of how the UK can virtually rid itself of carbon emissions 15 years sooner than currently planned. The government’s advisory committee on climate change in its Sixth Carbon Budget (2033-2037) calculates that by spending less than 1% of GDP a year, polluting emissions can fall by 78% by 2035, compared to 1990 level. Just 18 months ago this was the UK’s 2050 goal.

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Massive deforestation in Brazil threatens our climate

A new  investigation by the NGO Global Witness has revealed a chain of participants from cattle ranchers through to multinational beef traders, international financiers, supermarkets and fast-food chains, and the governments that regulate them, are either destroying rainforests or are complicit in the destruction of the Amazon, with flawed audits undertaken by US and European auditors.

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