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River Tamar allowed to flood farmland to help wildlife and climate

Wednesday - Project to reverse Victorian-era reclamation creates rich, marshy land that can lock in carbon.

The carbon footprint of a full English breakfast

Tuesday - Over four-fifths of the English population say they enjoy a full English breakfast. But when food production accounts for a quarter of global greenhouse gas emissions, and 11% of UK emissions come from agriculture, it’s time to think critically about how we can reduce the impact of our breakfasts – without compromising on quality or taste.

Jobs at risk if UK fails to hit carbon emissions target

Monday - Up to 660,000 jobs could be at risk if the UK fails to reach its net-zero target as quickly as other nations, the Trade Union Congress (TUC) has warned.

Glasgow records hottest summer in run-up to Cop26 climate summit

2 Sep 21 - Glasgow, the host city of the crucial Cop26 UN climate summit in November, has experienced its hottest summer on record, the Met Office has said.

Queen shirks climate responsibilities

23 Aug 21 - Queen Elizabeth II’s lawyers have secretly negotiated with Scottish ministers to change a draft law about reducing carbon emissions, ensuring that her private land is made exempt from new regulations.

IPCC report a "call to arms" say architects and designers

11 Aug 21 - The latest IPCC climate report offers a "nugget of hope" but architects and designers must "make changes to the way they design" to help avert catastrophic climate change, according to Architects Climate Action Network.

Surplus renewable energy powers Orkney's hydrogen economy

4 Aug 21 - Perched atop the United Kingdom, ten miles north of mainland Scotland, the Orkney Islands are a wild place. Encircled by roiling waters — the North Sea on one side, the Atlantic Ocean on the other — and battered by winds year round, the weather-lashed archipelago is bracing, beautiful and has in abundance that which others are scrambling to produce: renewable power.

Call for compulsory assessment of embodied carbon emissions

22 Jul 21 - A group of UK architects, developers and contractors have called for compulsory whole-life carbon assessments of buildings in a bid to tackle "hidden" emissions caused by construction supply chains.

Increase in number of slow moving storms linked to climate change

19 Jul 21 - Climate change is driving a large increase in intense, slow-moving storms, a new study by Newcastle University and the Met Office has found.

UK e-bike boom

1 Jul 21 - E-bike sales outstripped electric car sales in 2020, according to the United Kingdom's Bicycle Association.

Welsh freeze new road-building projects

25 Jun 21 - THE Welsh government is freezing new road-building projects as part of its plans to tackle the climate emergency, and an external panel will review all proposed schemes.

Northern Ireland's beef farmers oppose net zero target

25 Jun 21 - Northern Ireland's red meat sector is opposing moves towards a net-zero emissions target of 2045.

UK aviation emissions up, up and away till mid-2030s

23 Jun 21 - The UK aviation industry has announced carbon targets that allow emissions from planes to increase into the mid-2030s.

UK’s ‘really shocking’ climate record damned

18 Jun 21 - In a searing indictment of its failure to act fast enough to prepare for the onslaught of rising heat, there is condemnation of the British government by its independent advisers for the UK’s “really...

Halogen lightbulbs to be banned in UK

10 Jun 21 - Sales of halogen lightbulbs are to be banned in the UK from September, with fluorescent lights to follow, under government climate change plans.

UK banks to be stress-tested for climate change

9 Jun 21 - Britain's banks and insurers will be tested on how well-prepared they are to cope with climate change emergencies.

Airships could cut short hop flying’s CO2 emissions by 90 per cent

27 May 21 - Hybrid Air Vehicles (HAV), which has developed a new environmentally friendly airship and hopes to be flying between European cities by 2025.

Investor pressure on Shell grows

25 May 21 - Britain’s biggest fund manager has piled pressure on Shell after joining a shareholder rebellion over the oil company’s carbon-cutting plans, saying that they lack credibility and the ambition...

Cool homes and hot water are there on the cheap

30 Apr 21 - Would you like cool homes and hot water without paying to power them? They’re already working in the laboratory - reports Tim Radford of the Climate News Network.

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