Green Recovery

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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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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A Plan for getting to Net Zero.

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Despite widespread local concerns, targets imposed by Whitehall mean that 33,500 new homes have to be built in Greater Cambridge (ie South Cambs and Cambridge City) by 2031.  There was infuriatingly little democratic accountability in setting this target, but we do have a real opportunity to influence the sort of homes that get built. This […]

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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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An East-West Forest along the A14.

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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.  […]