The intentions of the leading UK political parties regarding Climate Change, Energy transition and Air Quality in their 2017 manifestos are investigated. Includes an update on 10th June on the DUP manifesto. More
Leonardo Dicaprio’s film is truly scary – not in the usual horror film way, but because it truly captures the devastation already being wreaked on our world. Leonardo sets the scene with the allegory of Bosch’s The Garden of Earthly Delights, where mankind is originally innocent, then enjoys earthly delights and then suffers in a hell – featuring a part with an uncanny resemblance to the Satantic Mills.
For those who want to hear about the devastating effects of climate change already, the causes, real solutions and fightback by figures including The Pope, Ban Ki Moon, Elon Musk and ordinary people, this is a must see.
Before the Flood was released by National Geographic – not for the cinema route but for home downloads. You can go to your Sky or Virgin download menu and search for ‘Before the Flood’ to view it for free. It can be viewed in sections – outlined below . More
Bringing the Paris Agreement into Force at Marrakesh
CLICK HERE FOR THE RUNNING TOTALS OF PARTIES THAT HAVE RATIFIED
Update 5th Oct: Sufficient ratifications were received (including the overall EU) for the Paris Agreement to come into force on 4th Nov in time for the COP22 in Marrakesh. See here for UN announcement and here for EU announcement.
Major emitters, including the USA and China, have shown leadership by ratifying the Agreement and the EU has shown leadership in ratifying as an overarching Party. Concerns about President Trump trying to dismantle the Agreement were added to the saga when the American election followed only days after the Agreement came into force.
Update. Boris Johnson ratified the Agreement on behalf of the UK on 17th Nov 2016. The UK Youth Climate Coalition met with the UK representative, Nick Hurd, at COP22 in Marrakesh on the same day and and urged him to align UK emissions targets with 1.5C. More
Whilst the UK slips away from the EU efforts to protect the planet, the world continues to turn and global warming continues to go up and up, wreaking the devastation predicted.
The EU has been co-ordinating pledges across the 28 members, providing grants, loans, shared research and common standards. Now the UK (and/or England, Scotland, N Ireland and Wales separately) must now write, or rewrite mountains of legislation taking years, using hundreds of bureaucrats and most of parliamentary attention. The Centre for European Reform in July 2016 identified 6 interlocking sets of negotiations before we have slipped anchor:
- “One set of talks will cover Britain’s legal separation from the EU”
- “the second a free trade agreement (FTA) with the EU”
- “the third interim cover for the UK between its departure from the EU and the entry into force of the FTA”
- “the fourth accession to full membership of the WTO“
- “the sixth co-operation on foreign, defence and security policies.”
And will legislation protecting our Air and reducing our carbon emissions be ‘highly ambitious’ or forgotten?
Carbon emissions and air pollution know no boundaries and actions by the biggest emitters – India and China and the USA will make the most difference. The UK is small and people will say that our contribution is unimportant. But our future relies on innovation and influence. If we allow Climate Change to be shelved until a convenient time other countries may follow our lead. If we co-operate across borders and unleash the best of our innovation and entrepreneurship we can make a difference.
The UK in a Brexit world goes through some of the EU legislation that must be undone/redone and has information about the UK’s formal commitments and reliance on EU financial services to combat Climate Change.
Brexit: What does it mean for the environment? Click here for a podcast of this Castle talk of 26th Sept 2016.
See Air Pollution – Local effects from Global Causes for a round up of regulations, North London’s Air for more on journey types and what Camden and Haringey can do, and Your Car for information on clean cars – particularly Electric models.
Click here for Waking Up to Poisonous Air , showing this Green Party map of local air quality results:
For Real Time Air Quality information for London click here.
For a CleanSpace Mobile App with a personal monitoring tag click here. (Note: the Tag costs £75, but signing up does offer some incentives, and no responsibility is taken by Transition Highgate for this).
For information about Personal Exposure measuring equipment click here.
Also watch out for the Tzoa wearable device that will measure PM10, PM2.5, dust and pollen, UV, temperature, humidity and atmosphere pressure.
To donate to Client Earths legal action against Defra to abide by the Supreme Court’s order to come up with ambitious new measures to meet EU pollution limits click here. “Your donation will help us fight in the courts for your right to breathe clean air.”
Poor Air Quality affects locations all across the world. See the Air Quality Index for any city to find current pollution levels and also the World Health Organisation database for ambient (outdoor) air pollution monitoring from almost 1600 cities in 91 countries.
Common causes, though they vary in different places, include vehicles, aviation, construction and even domestic boilers. Many of these are sans frontier meaning that co-operation, innovation and regulation has to be at Global, Country (or EU) level.