The Local Transport Plan (LTP) 2019 from the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority (CPCA) is the latest in a series of LTPs for the region. Reducing congestion and improving commuting remain the focus and it pays no more than lip service to the challenge of reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from transport. Were it to […]
Local councils across the country have declared a climate emergency. This has happened in response to increasing social pressure including from the school strikes and Extinction Rebellion protests. But what does it mean?
On 2 May 2019 the Committee on Climate Change have given historic advice to the UK Government to reach a net zero emissions target by 2050, in line with the Paris Agreement’s 1.5°C target. We welcome this, but as the report itself says, this is the bare minimum. The report advises the government to set […]
The decision by leading politicians on the City Council to aim at a 2030 target for removing carbon pollution is a big step forward. It follows a declaration from the council that Cambridge faces a “climate emergency”.
It’s easy to speculate about how we are doing on climate change. We can all spot the solar panels or electric cars appearing here and there. But can we be more systematic than this? As a doctor concerned about climate change, I have found major reviews in the Lancet, a world-renowned medical journal, provide a […]
We have submitted a response to the consultation on the Waterbeach New Town SPD. This is important, because the South Cambs local plan has agreed that 8000-9000 new homes will be built on the old Waterbeach baracks site. This SPD (Supplementary Planning Document) matters, because it will influence the decisions on planning applications here for […]
Whenever I sit in traffic jams on the A14 “improvement” scheme, I’m saddened at the loss of the trees and the massive belt of devastation either side of the road. It was made worse recently when I heard that the A14 improvement scheme is in breach of its contractually binding agreements about air quality monitoring. […]
The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Independent Economic Review (CPIER) report is an excellent piece of work, with many important ideas within it. The Mayor and Combined Authority should consider it carefully and adopt its recommendations. Climate change is a thin thread running through it, although as it says “The topic of climate change does not sit […]
As the graph shows, many of the changes we need to become Carbon Neutral region are already happening, but they now need to accelerate.
It is becoming increasingly clear that by the middle of this century, the world needs to be approaching net zero carbon emissions if we are to avoid the consequences of dangerous climate change. Cambridge is a well-connected and influential city, with significant investment in transport and housing planned in the newly created Cambridgeshire and Peterborough […]