Public consultation on climate change strategy to be launched next month

Barry White

North Yorkshire County Council’s Executive recently approved the North Yorkshire Council Climate Change Strategy Draft for public consultation, and will be inviting all ‘partners’, residents, communities and businesses (including ACE) across North Yorkshire to give their views by 7 April 2023.

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Record number of electric car public chargers installed last year 

Barry White

More than 8,700 public EV chargers were installed in the UK in the year to 22 December, bringing the total available to more than 37,000, according to Zap-Map, a data company That represented a 30% year-on-year increase, slower than the 38% annual growth in sales of battery electric cars during the year to November.

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Local Energy Generation Proposals for Settle

Sandy Tod

Climate change induced droughts and floods rendering large parts of Africa and Asia unsustainable for human development, require a transition to zero-carbon fuels. Meanwhile energy prices on the world market have tripled due to Putin’s war in Ukraine. These two factors create a global dilemma which national governments struggle to resolve.  Meanwhile, at home, high energy prices make home-grown energy much more viable, while also providing alternatives to expensive, polluting, imported fossil fuels.

By acting now, collectively as a community, to tap our local natural energy resources of solar, wind, hydro etc, our community can join others in not only reducing our emissions, contributing to the global solution, but also controlling local energy prices at reasonable levels.

Do you want to be a part of this energy revolution?

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Legal challenge likely on new coal plan

Barry White

The government’s controversial decision to grant planning permission for a new deep coal mine in Cumbria is likely to face a legal challenge by climate campaigners. This could be based on the UK’s national and international legally binding commitments. The decision by Michael Gove, Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, follows a Planning Inquiry in September 2021. The new coalmine would be the first for more than 30 years.

Friends of the Earth was one of the two main parties opposing the application for planning permission at the Planning Inquiry along with local campaign group SLACC (South Lakes Action on Climate Change).

Friends of the Earth’s lawyers will now study the detail of the decision and will consider legal options.

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