Environmental campaigners are calling for £120 million plans to build a flyover over a congested roundabout to be scrapped – and money diverted to tackle the climate emergency and invest in sustainable transport. Transport Scotland unveiled proposals to build a flyover at the Sheriffhall roundabout on the A720 City Bypass in 2017 as part of Edinburgh’s £1bn City Region Deal. Consultation events were held earlier this month after draft orders were published to push the project ahead. Highways chiefs say the flyover will tackle congestion and delays on the City Bypass – but environmental campaigners believe the investment will do nothing to help the Capital achieve its commitment of becoming carbon neutral by 2030.
Scotsman 27th Dec 2019 read more »
Climate in 2019
Climate emergency in 2019: The year began with devastating wildfires in California and ends with Sydney choked by smoke after the UN summit in Madrid closed in discord. But activist Greta Thunberg lambasted world leaders for inaction and moved the issue up the global agenda.
FT 27th Dec 2019 read more »
Climate breakdown played a key role in at least 15 events in 2019 that cost more than $1bn (£760m) in damage, with more than half of those costing more than $10bn each. Extreme weather including floods, storms, droughts and wildfires struck every inhabited continent in the past year, causing devastation and loss of life. Christian Aid, which tracked climate-related destruction in 2019, said the costs in human terms and insured losses were likely to have been underestimated. Floods in Argentina and Uruguay in January this year forced 11,000 people from their homes. Cyclone Idai killed 1,300 people in Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Malawi in March, and Cyclone Fani struck India and Bangladesh in May and June. A stronger than usual monsoon killed 1,900 people in India.
Guardian 27th Dec 2019 read more »
Angus Robertson: Scotland can lead fight against climate crisis – unlike Australia. SPARE a thought for all the emergency workers at home and abroad who have been spending time away from their families during the festive season. In particular, the firemen and women across Australia who have been valiantly battling mammoth-scale bush fires. According to the Australian Rural Fire Service (RFS) nearly 1000 homes have been destroyed during this fire season, with about 100 more in recent days. Nine people have lost their lives so far, with more feared dead. Temperatures have already hit record highs, but another heatwave is forecast for this weekend with temperatures expected over 40C in several bushfire-hit states including New South Wales, South Australia and Victoria. Extremely hot and dry conditions combined with low humidity and powerful winds have been fanning the flames in rural areas and close to cities like Sydney, which have been shrouded in smoke.
The National 28th Dec 2019 read more »