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Getting off gas

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The United Nations’ recently published report on the causes and consequence of climate change was alarming. But it did also clarify the importance and benefits of reducing methane emissions. Carbon Dioxide (the main cause of climate change) and Methane (which is the main component in Natural Gas) behave in different ways:  Methane is a much […]

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The Fourth C

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In a recent speech the new Mayor for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, Dr Nik Johnson, listed climate as a potential ‘fourth C’ to add to his three guiding principles of compassion, cooperation and community. We shouldn’t be surprised that a children’s doctor is prioritizing climate action. The climate emergency is after all a health emergency which […]

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Working with nature

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Climate Change is happening here and now for farmers. 2020 saw the wettest February followed by the sunniest April and May on record in the UK. These dramatic weather changes affect us all but none more so than arable farmers. Last year saw a fall in yields: for example, the wheat yield was 20% lower […]

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Net zero advice published

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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 […]

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Waterbeach New Town needs much higher ambition

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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 […]