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A time for transformation

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With the UK in lockdown, our immediate focus is rightly on tackling the Coronavirus emergency. However there are things we should be doing now so that when we emerge from this crisis, the world will be on track to tackle the climate crisis too. This can help make the emerging world a better place, in […]

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Construction in an era of climate emergency

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Constructing and operating our homes and businesses currently accounts for about half of the UK’s carbon emissions. So tackling the climate emergency, requires us to urgently and dramatically reduce emissions in the construction sector. This is why Carbon Neutral Cambridge is assisting the Cambridge Forum for the Construction Industry (CFCI) in organising the “Cambridge Climate […]

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Emergency Warning

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As the coronavirus virus spreads worryingly from China into Europe, it is a useful reminder for those responding to the Climate Emergency of what the word “emergency” really implies. It touches everything. Firstly when something is genuinely seen as an emergency, things that were previously seen as “impossible”, rapidly become possible. Governments and authorities discover […]

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Planning for the Future

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The legally binding Climate Act requires the UK to have Net Zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, and Cambridge City Council and South Cambs councils have both signed up to this.  “Net Zero” is a big challenge, because it’s not just about using renewables for electricity generation: it means that all the greenhouse gas emissions […]

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How our actions change the world.

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In the UK, most people are concerned about climate change, but it’s also easy to feel that one’s personal actions make no difference. I sympathise with this, but also disagree.  If we can combine our personal actions with the political it’s enormously powerful. It’s also good for our mental health and physical wellbeing. Over Christmas, […]

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A new woodland park for Chesterton?

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Trees are very much in the news at the moment. National Tree Week is running until 1 December this year and is the UK’s largest annual tree celebration. The Tree Council and Woodland Trust are hoping to plant a million trees across the UK during this event, with the support of individuals, schools and community […]

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Can you help develop a fair Local Transport Plan?

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Earlier this year the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority (CPCA) published their draft Local Transport Plan (LTP). Our analysis of this plan showed that it would fail to deliver anything close to zero transport emissions by 2050. Independent analysis by the Cambridge University Science & Policy Exchange (CUSPE) of transport emissions scenarios for the CPCA […]