UK Climate news 2020

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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.

December[edit | edit source]

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  • Green body gives verdict on Boris Johnson carbon-cutting policies, Dec 29[1]
  • Welsh Government welcomes advice of Climate Change Committee to set a net zero target for Wales – but “everyone needs to play their part” to respond to the climate and nature emergency, Dec 17 [2]
  • UK to end aid for fossil fuel projects abroad, Dec 12 [3]
  • Councillors revolt over government plans to dismantle planning system, CPRE Kent, Dec 10 [4] ...Housing UK news, Towards a more democratic and climate friendly way of meeting housing need across England
  • Low-carbon revolution 'cheaper than thought', Dec 9 [5]
  • UK aims to cut emissions by 68% by end of 2030, Dec 3 [6]

November[edit | edit source]

  • 'Green Industrial Revolution'? Not with this plan, Campaign against Climate Change.[7](date not found)
  • The government's 10 point UK climate plan [8] Nov 17
  • Reaching UK net zero target cheaper than we thought, says climate adviser.[9] Nov 12

October[edit | edit source]

YouGov poll finds majority of British public want the UK to lead world on tackling climate change,m Oct 10 [10]

September[edit | edit source]

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  • 'We deserve to be taught about it': why students want climate crisis classes.[11] Sep 28 ...Education UK
  • Climate change: GB athletes call for government to prioritise environment after Covid.[12] Sep 24
  • Community fight against coal in Cumbria.[13] Sep23
  • World's richest 1% cause double CO2 emissions of poorest 50%, says Oxfam.[14] Sep 21 ...Climate news 2020
  • According to YouGov poll, UK public think we do not have a free press.[15] Only a minority of adults in the UK think that we have a free press. Most people think the press ownership concentration is unacceptable. 48% of people think the UK press generally pays too little attention to climate change. Sep 10 ...Extinction Rebellion
  • UK path to net zero must be underpinned by education, choice, fairness and political consensus, urges Climate Assembly.[16] Sep 10 ...List of climate assemblies

August[edit | edit source]

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July[edit | edit source]

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  • Britain beyond lockdown: can social and climate justice come together? Communities in Bristol are devising their own solutions to problems linked with the city's role in slavery.[21] Jul 3
  • Climate crisis exerting increasing impact on UK, says Met Office.[22] Jul 31

June[edit | edit source]

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  • Tackle UK carbon emissions by working with nature, government urged.[23] Jun 24
  • Climate Assembly UK: Interim briefing: Post lockdown steps to aid economic recovery should drive progress to net zero target.[24] Jun 23 ...List of climate assemblies
  • Britain still failing on climate crisis, warn advisers [25]
    • "The whole thing is run by the government like a Dad's Army operation." Lord Deben.
    • Surface transport emissions in 2019 were at around the same levels that they were in 2010. That reflects an increase in demand and a move towards larger vehicles offsetting improvements in efficiency. ...Sustainable transport UK
    • Although buildings emissions have fallen 14% from 2008 to 2018, the sector is not well placed for the transition to zero emissions. New buildings, which will still be standing in 2050, continue to be built with fossil fuel heating. In fact, there are over a million more homes requiring zero-carbon retrofits now than when the Climate Change Act was passed.
    • The uptake of low-carbon heating systems is almost negligible (less than 30,000 installations in 2019, whereas over a million a year will be needed by the early 2030s[26] ...Towards a more democratic and climate friendly way of meeting housing need across England

May[edit | edit source]

  • Airline bailouts without climate conditions could be unlawful.[27] May 5

April[edit | edit source]

  • Britain bans sale of new gas, diesel and hybrid cars from 2035.[28] Apr 23
  • Climate change: Switch road cash to broadband, adviser says.[29] Apr 21

March[edit | edit source]

February[edit | edit source]

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  • Greta Thunberg Bristol climate strike: 'The world is on fire'.[32] Feb 28
  • Climate campaigners win Heathrow expansion case.[33] Feb 27
  • Why we need a new climate assembly, Letter.[34] Feb 27 ...List of climate assemblies
  • How to make friends and decarbonise people: The need for user-centered advocacy within the climate action movement, Tom Harrison.[35] Feb 18
  • UK must prepare for more intense storms, climate scientists say.[36] Feb 17
  • Pupils draft their own climate bill as anxiety grows over lack of guidance for schools.[37] Feb 11 ...Education UK
  • Is Scotland leading the way on climate change? [38] Feb 4
  • Six key issues Surrey County Council must address, Sarah Finch, Extinction Rebellion Reigate & Redhill.[39] Feb 3

January[edit | edit source]

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