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News from Coventry Climate Action Network

Hello reader,

Below, you'll find news and articles added to the Coventry Climate Action Network website CovCAN.uk during the past week plus some forthcoming events related to climate change.

Please send me any news or information you would like to add to the site.

Philip Brown

Forthcoming Events

Click here to see the list of forthcoming climate-change related events.

Why is there a backlash against climate policies?

The following is a transcription of an episode from the BBC programme The Inquiry which can be heard and downloaded from https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/w3csyth0 About the broadcast A year ago more than a quarter of a million people took to the streets across France, in what became known as the “gilets jaunes” protests. They began as a reaction to an increase in …
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Coventry’s New Recycling Plant

Because of increasing prices for recycling, Coventry City Council is planning to build new recycling facility in the city, according to a report in Coventry Telegraph. The facility, which will be built on Coventry on the former allotment land to the rear of the Energy from Waste facility, on Bar Road, land which is council-owned and designated for waste use, …
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Very Light Rail

The aims of Very Light Rail (VLR) are to: Reduce Coventry transport carbon emissions which currently amount to about 1/3 of the city's total greenhouse gas emissions; Improve air quality by reducing the number of fossil-fuel vehicles on the roads; Stimulate economic development an innovation within Coventry; Make the city a more attractive place to live and work, to study …
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Zimbabwe is Paying the Price for Our Lack of Action

Zimbabwe has many problems: corruption, political and economic isolation, years of government mismanagement. But not least among them is the impact of climate change leading to acute drought, for which Zimbabwe cannot be blamed since its emissions of greenhouse gases is very small. The United Nations Development Programme writes Climate change impacts in Zimbabwe are related to water supply and …
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1.5°C Goal on Brink of Impossible: UN Emissions Gap Report 2019

A United Nations Environment Programme Report published on 26 November 2019 says that, even if all current unconditional commitments under the Paris Agreement are implemented, the world is nevertheless heading for a 3.2°C temperature rise. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has warned that going beyond 1.5°C will increase the frequency and intensity of climate impacts. In order to …
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State of the Global Climate 2018

The World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) Statement on the state of the global climate in 2018 was published on 25 November 2019. The following are the highlights of the report, originally published here. The full report is available here. 2018 is on course to be the fourth warmest year on record. This means that the past four years—2015, 2016, 2017 and …
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How to change people's behaviour

If we are going to reduce carbon emissions, the average person needs to make dramatic changes in their behaviour. How can we persuade people to change? This podcast in the BBC Radio Analysis programme examines how people change their minds. https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m0009z89
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Bristol's City Leap Energy Partnership

Bristol is widely recognised as a leading energy city in the UK. It is looking to attract up to £1 billion investment in Bristol’s energy infrastructure over the next decade. Bristol City Leap, a project co-led by Bristol City Council and local energy supplier Bristol Energy, has launched a global search for organisations willing to invest in a joint venture …
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What is Coventry City Council Doing to Reduce Carbon Emissions?

The following summary of some of the actions already taken by the city comes from a presentation by Mr Colin Knight, Director of Transportation and Highways although his responsibilities and knowledge extend wider than this title would suggest. See also the speech by Councillor Jim O'Boyle during a climate debate. Reducing the Council's Emissions As a city we are working …
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Have an environmentally friendly Christmas

In 2007 a report by the Stockholm Environment Institute estimated that our total consumption and spending on food, travel, lighting and gifts over three days of festivities could result in as much as 650 kg of carbon dioxide emissions (CO2) per person - equivalent to the weight of 1,000 Christmas puddings! This is 5.5% of our total annual carbon footprint. …
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Climate Anxiety is Normal and Healthy

Climate Anxiety is Normal and Healthy
New Scientist published a brief report on 21 October 2019 of a meeting of psychotherapists in London to discuss how best to manage the dread and fear people are experiencing over our impact on the planet. However the report gave no details about who organised the meeting or where it was held. At the meeting, Sarah Niblock of the UK …
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