The UK broke previous wind-power records in 2020. Source: Orsted
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Silver linings and green recoveries: Promising environmental news in a decidedly dismal year

Before the outbreak of a novel zoonotic disease colonised the news cycle, 2020 had been earmarked as a landmark year for global environmental politics and policy. In Glasgow, world leaders were set to substantiate their commitments to limiting climate change to 1.5ºC of warming under the Paris Agreement, while in Kunming, the international community planned Read More…

Professor Malhi in Wytha. Source: Yadvinder Malhi
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Oxford professor elected President of British Ecological Society

Oxford professor Yadvinder Malhi has been elected as the next President of the British Ecological Society (BES), following an online ballot of members this week. Professor Malhi will take up the post in December 2021, when the current president, Jane Memmott’s term comes to an end. Announcing the news on its website on Wednesday, BES Read More…

XR protesters showing their support for the CEE Bill. Source: @CEEbill_NOW
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Oxford councils diverge over support for Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill

Oxfordshire County Council has passed a motion to support the Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill, which was presented to Parliament by Green MP Caroline Lucas in September.  The Bill calls on the government to implement  “a clear framework, based on scientific reality, to deliver the UK’s commitments to the 2015 UN Paris Climate Agreement and Read More…

Knepp Wildland Estate, Source: Knepp Wildland
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Prioritise natural regeneration to address climate and ecological emergency, report urges

A report released this week has argued that natural regeneration should become the default approach to reforesting Britain’s lands, which currently have some of the lowest tree cover in Europe. Rewilding Britain, the charity behind the report, is campaigning for Britain’s tree cover to double from its current levels of 13% to 26% by 2030, Read More…

Source: Max Spokes
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Arts figures call on PM to extend Right to Roam in English countryside

Over a hundred authors, musicians and actors have written to the Prime Minister urging him to extend the right to roam in England. From actors such as Mark Rylance and Stephen Fry to the author and playwright Ali Smith, signatories to a “A letter from the artists of the land” call on Boris Johnson to Read More…

Source: Ørsted
Opinion

The ‘green industrial revolution’: We’re on fire and Boris will bring a hose (by 2030-ish)

Why isn’t road building called a revolution? Or perhaps we should call that most disastrous project, HS2, the rail revolution. The government has set aside £27bn for road building projects over the course of its (potential) five years in office, whilst the ever-ballooning cost of HS2 is set to top £100bn. The huge sums of Read More…

Source: portfolio.earth
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Big banks invested $2.6 trillion in activities linked to global biodiversity loss in 2019, report finds

The world’s fifty largest banks invested a cumulative US$2.6 trillion (£2tn) in firms at the forefront of global biodiversity loss in 2019 alone, according to a new report by Portfolio Earth. On average, each financial institution invested US$52bn in fossil fuel, mining, infrastructure and agricultural firms. The report, entitled Bankrolling Extinction, linked corporate financing to Read More…