Climate solutions clarified by the U.N.

Each report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change finds stronger language to urge governments to action, the latest was published on 20th March declaring “a rapidly closing window of opportunity to secure a liveable and sustainable future for all.”

It is not at all doom and gloom. It draws on earlier reports that make clear the solutions that can reduce carbon emissions by half in the next 7 years to 2030.

One of its summary charts makes it clear that wind and solar energy can reduce carbon emissions much more than any other source. Nuclear power and carbon capture and storage each have just 10% of the potential of wind and solar, and at far higher cost (orange and red).

Switching to energy-efficient vehicles and public transport can cut emissions cheaply and significantly.

This chart comes from the IPCC report AR6-WPIII. There is more interpretation of it in this article by Damian Carrington.

The Bradford-Shipley Travel Alliance has joined an appeal to West Yorkshire Combined Authority to get its activities on track to meet its own reduced carbon emissions target. Individuals can sign up here. There will be a major rally outside the WYCA AGM in Leeds on 22nd June.

Score Councils on climate action

Want to learn more about what UK local authorities are doing to combat the climate and ecological crises? Want to help communities to get their council to take Climate Action seriously? Interested in gaining experience of local policy, initiatives and best practice?

Climate Emergency UK are recruiting for their second volunteer cohort to create the Council Climate Action Scorecards – the only UK-wide assessment of councils actual climate action. By creating the Action Scorecards you would be helping your community and other people around the UK understand how well councils are tackling the climate crisis, who’s doing well and what is possible. Find out more about the volunteering opportunities and apply before 16th February here: https://actionnetwork.org/forms/application-scorecards-volunteering.  

An image of heat

Can an image be more convincing than this? Reading University have plotted the temperature from 1900 to 2021 for each country of the world. The colours showing change from the average 20th century temperature in the country. There’s no doubt about it. It’s up to us and our representatives to bring the red back to blue. Click on the image for the full story.

Taking a deep breath: June 10th 7:30pm

Professor Rosie McEachan of the Bradford Institute for Health Research, will be speaking about Air quality, health and Born in Bradford’s plans to evaluate the Bradford Clean Air Plan. It will be a chance to ask questions and join discussion, and all are welcome. Rosie is an applied health researcher, and director of the Born in Bradford study which follows the lives of over 50,000 Bradford residents to explore why some families stay healthy and why others fall ill.

Register for the meeting here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/taking-a-deep-breath-tickets-152426051423. The meeting will be on Zoom.

Please advertise widely and come to this discussion which will be supported by other clean air scientists, and the campaigning group Clean Air Bradford. Organised by the Bradford-Shipley Travel Alliance, concerned about health and climate impact of traffic schemes between Bradford and Shipley.

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