Boris Johnson has been leading a double life. And so did Theresa May did when she was Prime Minister — and David Cameron and Gordon Brown. All of them pledged themselves to tough targets on climate change — but at the same time they pursued economic policies as if those carbon constraints didn’t exist. Well, today those two worlds collided. The Court of Appeal ruled that the Government was wrong to draw up its Airport National Policy Statement — which provides the basis for Heathrow expansion — without taking into account the UK’s climate commitments under the Paris Agreement. In the short term, this suits Boris Johnson very well. He no longer has to reconcile his personal opposition to a third runway with the policy he inherited from his predecessor. In the longer-term, however, the implication of the ruling is that governments will be forced to reconcile what they say on climate change with what they do across a whole range of policy areas, from transport to agriculture.
Unherd 27th Feb 2020 read more »
Humanity will be able to reach a net-zero world by 2050 – as recommended by the IPCC in its landmark report on climate change – using existing, established technologies and practices, a major new scientific study has concluded. The study, published today (3 March), forms the first comprehensive update to Project Drawdown’s list of climate solutions since it was first published in 2017. The NGO’s research centres around what it will take to achieve ‘Drawdown’ – the point at which greenhouse gas (GHG) levels in the atmosphere peak and begin declining – in terms of policy, business, community and individual action.
Edie 3rd March 2020 read more »