Boris Johnson has chaired only one meeting of the cabinet committee on climate change since taking personal charge of the issue last October, with the government’s statutory advisers urging him to convene the group more often, as a matter of urgency, if the UK is to meet its 2050 net zero carbon target, which is off track. … [Read more...] about Act fast to stop UK carbon emission rebound, climate advisers urge
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Creating jobs must be the priority for countries where millions have been thrown into unemployment by the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic and ensuing lockdowns. The IEA’s analysis shows that targeting green jobs – such as retrofitting buildings to make them more energy efficient, putting up solar panels and constructing wind farms – is more effective than pouring money into the high-carbon economy. … [Read more...] about World has six months to avert climate crisis, says energy expert
Curtis, who was also responsible for the films Four Weddings and a Funeral, Bridget Jones’s Diary and Bean, started Comic Relief – which has raised more than £1bn for projects in Africa and the UK – after visiting Ethiopia during the 1985 famine. Make My Money Matter’s supporters include Oxfam and conservation organisation WWF, and among those taking part in its launch were Mark Carney, former governor of the Bank of England, and UN special envoy for climate and finance. … [Read more...] about Comic Relief’s Richard Curtis backs ethical pension campaign
John Sauven, the executive director of Greenpeace UK, said: “If the government wants businesses, local authorities and households to make the appropriate investments over the next decade, they will need confidence that Britain really is committed to decarbonising the economy. But the practical measures taken by the government over the past 12 months add up to a tiny fraction of what is needed to keep us on course to meet that commitment.” … [Read more...] about UK’s net zero pledge: what has been achieved one year on?
Since the start of April, several large blazes have broken out on the trust’s land, including one at Froward Point on the Devon coast that was started by a barbecue and required six fire engines and a police helicopter to extinguish. Woodland and heathland were damaged. … [Read more...] about Wildfires caused by barbecues harming wildlife, says National Trust