London mayor Sadiq Khan is to spend £50m on a Green New Deal for London as part of a pledge to make the UK capital carbon neutral by 2030.
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London, Manchester, Bournemouth, Leicester and Coventry are the top English cities leading the field in climate action alongside global capitals such as Mexico City and Athens, according to CDP’s latest annual rankings released today. The assessment stems from CDP’s analysis of key environmental data released by city authorities of more than 850 cities on emissions, climate-related vulnerabilities and actions taken to reduce CO2 and adapt to risks. The climate data non-profit said it then scored cities from ‘A’ to ‘D’ based on the detail and quality of their data and the level of action taken, with 105 cities making the top list in 2019. To reach the A-list, a city must have a city-wide emissions inventory, an emissions reduction target, a published climate action plan, and a climate adaptation plan to demonstrate how it will tackle climate hazards now and in the future, the CDP explained. Greater Manchester in particular scores highly in the rankings for having set a 2038 carbon neutral target, which includes annual emissions cuts of 15 per cent, with the city working to add at least 45MW of locally generated renewable electricity to the grid by 2024, said CDP. The analysis also notes Bournemouth’s success in far exceeding its target to reduce carbon emissions by 30 per cent in 2020 from a 2015 baseline, with the city having already achieved a 40 per cent reduction. And in the West Midlands, the Coventry and Warwickshire Green Business Programme is highlighted in the analysis for its work aimed at helping businesses with fewer than 250 employees save money on energy, waste and water bills.
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The world’s richest man has offered $10 billion of his personal wealth to fight climate change as he vowed yesterday to help to “save Earth”. Jeff Bezos, the Amazon chief executive, said that he would fund scientists, activists, non-profit groups and “any effort that offers a real possibility to help preserve and protect the natural world”. In an Instagram post revealing the creation of the Bezos Earth Fund, he added: “Climate change is the biggest threat to our planet. I want to work alongside others both to amplify known ways and to explore new ways of fighting the devastating impact of climate change on this planet we all share.”
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