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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Government ignores scientific advice on pesticide

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The recent decision by the government to ignore advice scientific and allow farmers to continue using a bee-harming pesticide on sugar beet crops has been criticised by ecologists. The neonicotinoid pesticide treatment, known as thiamethoxam, was banned in the EU in 2018 due to the damage it causes to bees, pollinators and aquatic life if it ends up in rivers. The pesticide was previously approved for use on sugar beet due to a high incidence of yellows virus, which can destroy crops. Around 63 per cent of the UK’s sugar is produced domestically, and the government says this could be at risk if a significant amount of the crop is infected.

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Record heatwaves, deceit and doubts on reaching net zero

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Monthly temperature records  in 12 European countries were recorded last year according to an analysis undertaken by The Guardian see: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2023/jan/10/twelve-european-countries-broke-temperature-records-in-2022#:~:text=Of%2027%20European%20countries%20analysed,for%20at%20least%20one%20month. In each case, the anomalies were more than 1.9C above the average temperature recorded between 1991 and 2020 for at least one month.

On average, global temperatures were 1.2C above the 1850-1900 average in 2022. While cooler than 2021, it marked another warm year meaning that the years 2015 to 2022 were the eight warmest on record.

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Ozone layer may recover in decades

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The Ozone layer, which began depleting in the 1970s could recover within a few decades, scientists said in a U.N.backed report, see: https://ozone.unep.org/system/files/documents/Scientific-Assessment-of-Ozone-Depletion-2022-Executive-Summary.pdf. Ozone levels between the polar regions are expected to reach pre-1980 levels during the 2040s, if current policies continue, and ozone holes should also recover.

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