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What the Heathrow ruling means for future government decisions with a climate impact

This post is by Katie de Kauwe, lawyer at Friends of the Earth.

intext-heathrowThe government’s policy giving the green light to Heathrow expansion and establishing the need for more airport capacity in the south east was ruled unlawful by the Court of Appeal on climate grounds last month. This ruling follows years of work by the legal team at Friends of the Earth (myself included), along with our external solicitors at Leigh Day, and barristers (David Wolfe QC at Matrix Chambers, Peter Lockley at 11KBW and Andrew Parkinson at Landmark Chambers). And, of course, the absolutely tireless work, campaigning and commitment from local residents who are the unsung heroes of the piece. Read more

Why energy efficient buildings should be a top climate policy priority

blog-builings-smallThis blog is by Dr Peter Mallaburn, a researcher from the Centre for Research into Energy Demand Solutions. It is part of a series reflecting on the need for energy demand reduction in the UK.

We spend most of our lives inside buildings, and the energy we use to light, heat and cool them is responsible for a third of UK CO2 emissions. So, now we need to take more action to tackle climate change and bring down emissions, and buildings are an important target for government policy. Read more

People should talk to their MPs about the importance of COP26

intext-blog-mpsThis post is by Georgina Collins of Hope for the Future

The significance of the UN conference COP26 cannot be underestimated; this is the deadline for countries to update their climate plans and set out their Nationally Determined Contributions in line with the 2015 Paris Agreement (where 195 countries agreed to limit global warming to 2°C, and a greater ambition to pursue limiting warming to 1.5°C. Read more

We can’t ignore wetlands if we’re going to solve the nature and climate crises

intext-wetlands-blogThis post is by Tom Fewins, Head of Policy and Advocacy at WWT.

Recently, I attended a reception in Westminster on woodlands. It was an impressive event, where a packed room heard about fantastic conservation work. However, on leaving I couldn’t help feeling a little bit green. Not so much in an environmental sense, more one of the green-eyed monster variety. What was behind it? Well, it was the trees. Read more

Public investment alone won’t be enough to restore nature for the next generation

intext-blog-march2020Guy Thompson is managing director of EnTrade, an online marketplace in accredited environmental services, formerly he was director of Green Alliance and founding executive director of Natural England.

What will the Environment Bill do? It’s been widely heralded as a world-leading benchmark in environmental legislation. And a new architecture of legally binding targets will indeed create a powerful framework for action on the ground. But targets alone will not deliver on the government’s ambition that we will be the first generation to leave the environment in a better state. Read more

What the world needs now is…a net zero club

blue_marbleThis post is by Shaun Spiers, executive director at Green Alliance and Thomas Hale, associate professor in global public policy at the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford.

With just over eight months to go, we now have a new COP26 president in place and preparations for the biggest international summit the UK has ever hosted are in full swing. Alok Sharma has no easy task. The eyes of the world will be on Glasgow this November for the UN climate change conference. Read more

This is how the UK can manage its flying addiction

People boarding plane, travelersThis post is by Greg Archer, UK director at Transport & Environment.

The UK has a flying addiction that, if left unchecked, will wreck its climate commitments. In the past 20 years the number of passengers flying to and from the UK has doubled and more Britons travelled abroad in 2018 than any other nationality, making us one in 12 of all international travellers. Read more

Why isn’t cutting demand at the heart of our energy policy?

intext-blogThis post is by Nick Eyre, director of the Centre for Research into Energy Demand Solutions (CREDS).

The government frequently boasts that the UK has broken the link between carbon emissions and economic growth. Since 1970, the economy has trebled in size, whilst emissions have fallen by about a third. Read more

A different model of farming could revive rural areas and give us all healthier food

intext-cheese-blogThis post is by George L Young of Curtis Farm, Fobbing, Essex, a zero-tillage mixed farm. It is a shorter version of a post on his own blog.

There are many issues with the current farming and food system. Long, convoluted supply chains dilute nutrition, and farmers can be an undervalued and underpaid part of the chain. Read more

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