Caroline Lucas: Parliament must declare a climate emergency – not ignore it. Westminster’s lacklustre approach is incredible. We need nothing short of a transformation of the way we live our lives. Since 2010, this government has built a bonfire out of the measures designed to cut emissions. Zero carbon homes targets have been scrapped. Onshore wind has been effectively banned. Solar power has been shafted. The Green Investment Bank has been flogged off. Fracking has been forced on communities who have rejected it. Ministers champion the drop in our domestic carbon dioxide emissions – but they neglect to mention the true scale of our impact. Between 1997 and 2015, our total carbon footprint – taking into account everything we import and consume, as well as what we produce – declined by a pitiful 3.8%. Parliament must now declare a climate emergency. It must debate climate change regularly. It must develop the laws necessary to implement a Green New Deal and climate-proof every piece of legislation. And the government must ensure climate change is a priority in all departmental and cabinet decision-making. But government and parliament will only act if we tell them to. So talk about climate breakdown – to your friends, your family, your neighbours and your colleagues.
Guardian 4th March 2019 read more »
Carbon emissions in the UK have dropped for a sixth year running, but at a significantly slower rate, an environmental report has revealed. Emission rates have dropped by 1.5 per cent in the UK in 2018, in comparison to a drop of 2.8 per cent in 2017, a report by Carbon Brief has shown. The study has calculated the amount of coal, oil and gas used since the industrial revolution began across all sectors in the UK. But now the group are concerned the small reduction of emissions shown in 2018 means the government’s commitment to reducing the country’s carbon footprint will grind to a halt. While carbon emissions were reduced by 8.8 per cent in 2014, they declined by just 3.3 per cent in 2015. In 2016 they were reduced by another 6.1 per cent, and then dropped to 2.8 per cent in 2017. “The 1.5 per cent reduction in the UK’s CO2 emissions in 2018 is the smallest decline over the past six years. This highlights the fact that continued cuts cannot be taken for granted,” wrote Carbon Brief.
The i News 4th March 2019 read more »
Telegraph 4th March 2019 read more »
First the good news. A new analysis from Carbon Brief has today confirmed that UK greenhouse gas emissions fell again last year, meaning emissions dropped for the sixth consecutive year – the longest run of falling annual emissions on record. Despite the ‘Beast from the East’, continued economic recovery, and fears coal generation could stage a modest revival, 2018 emissions are thought to have fallen 1.5 per cent compared to 2017, to 361 million tonnes of CO2. The results mean UK emissions are now 39 per cent below 1990 levels, with 2018 taking the title as the year with the lowest emissions since 1888, outside the three years in the late 19th and early 20th century when general strikes led to plummeting emissions. As Carbon Brief noted, outside of those anomalous years 2018’s emissions were at the lowest level since the year when “the first-ever Football League match was played and Tower Bridge was being built in London”.
Business Green 4th March 2019 read more »