UK Climate news 2014 - 2018

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CASwiki news articles have a focus on news of community action for sustainability. This article is an offshoot from Climate action UK and is for news and comment in that context.

2018[edit | edit source]

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We need to bring back the wildwoods of Britain to fight climate change, Isabella Tree, Nov 26 [1] ...Trees, woodland and forest UK

Bristol plans to become carbon neutral by 2030, Nov 14 [2]

Fracking protesters walk free after court quashes 'excessive' sentences, Oct 17 [3]

Top climate scientist blasts UK’s fracking plans as 'aping Trump’, Oct 13 [4]

The planet is burning - and you know it. How should you behave with family, friends, fellow citizens? Oct 1 [5]

Neoliberalism has conned us into fighting climate change as individuals, Martin Lukacs, Jul 17 [6]

The environmental case for keeping the clocks on summer time – all the time, Mar 28 [7]

UK carbon emissions in 2017 fell to levels last seen in 1890, Mar 7 [8]

Edinburgh University divests from all fossil fuels, Feb 6 [9]

Transport is UK's most polluting sector as greenhouse gas emissions fall, Feb 6 [10]

Theresa May, charging us for plastic won't make up for those awful Tory environmental policies you're keeping quiet about, Jan 11 [11]

2017[edit | edit source]

Boost for fossil fuel divestment as UK eases pension rules, Dec 18 [12]

In-depth: How the ‘Clean Growth Strategy’ hopes to deliver UK climate goals, Oct 12 [13]

UK climate change masterplan – the grownups have finally won, Oct 12 [14]

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Scottish government bans fracking after public opposition, Oct 3 [15] ...Scotland news

Ministers who fail to cut greenhouse gas emissions should face legal action, says former chief government scientist, Sep 27 [16]

University fossil fuel divestment total tips £80 billion globally, Aug 17 [17]

Neoliberalism has conned us into fighting climate change as individuals, Martin Lukacs, Jul 17 [18]

UK climate change act threatened by “immensely scary” Brexit, says policy guru, Jun 1 [19]

University of Bristol announces new fossil fuel divestment and carbon reduction plans, Mar 8 [20]

UK carbon emissions fell 6% in 2016 after record drop in coal use, Mar 6 [21]

Divestival in Walthamstow, Feb 9 [22]

UK Greenhouse Gas Emissions Continue Decline, Feb 8 [23]

2016[edit | edit source]

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Fossil Free Southwark: Our Story, Dec 14 [24]

UK's carbon footprint rises 3%, Aug 2 [25]

Power to the people? Populism, polarisation and public engagement, Jul 28 [26]

UK poorly prepared for climate change impacts, government advisers warn, Jul 12 [27]

UK sets ambitious new 2030s carbon target, Jun 30 [28]

UK lacks policies to meet more than half its carbon emissions cuts – report, Jun 30 [29]

We must close the loopholes in Britain's carbon budget, Damien Morris, April 12 [30]

Analysis of official government energy use figures: The UK's emissions fell by 4.3% in 2015 after largest recorded annual drop in coal use, Feb 25 [31]

Independent review of Local Enterprise Partnership climate change good practice published, January 18 [32]

"It would help if LEPs as publically funded bodies would produce annual reviews or reports... These reports should include the progress the LEPs and partners are making on managing the business risks and opportunities of climate change."

Climate change action needs widespread democratic change, Andrea Westall, Strategy and Policy Consultant and Trustee of the Foundation for Democracy and Sustainable Development, January 8 [33]

2015[edit | edit source]

This map shows how prepared for climate change 30 UK cities are, September 8 [34]

Large fall in UK emissions in 2014, official figures confirm, March 26 [35]

UK carbon dioxide emissions fell by 9.7% in 2014 year-on-year, according to official figures from the Department for Energy and Climate Change.
The carbon dioxide reduction is the largest on record for a growing UK economy. The 9.7% carbon reduction leaves UK emissions 29% below 1990 levels, at 422 million tonnes. Estimated 2014 UK greenhouse gas emissions of 520.5 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent would be 36% below 1990 levels.
The UK is aiming to halve its emissions by 2025 and cut them by 80% by 2050, both against 1990 levels. Today's figures suggest the UK has met an interim target to cut emissions in 2020 by at least 34%, six years early. Transport emissions increased a small amount in 2014, with a 1% increase on 2013.
UK energy demand keeps falling, down 10% between 1990 and 2014. UK energy demand peaked in around 2005 and has been falling ever since. A similar picture is being repeated across the EU, where energy use has fallen back to 1990 levels despite a 6% increase in population and a 45% expansion of economic output. Official figures published last week suggest UK emissions have fallen since 1990 even if you include emissions embedded in imported goods.

2014[edit | edit source]

UK greenhouse gas emissions fall by 2%, March 27 [36]

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