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  1. chdot
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    UK meat tax and frequent-flyer levy proposals briefly published then deleted

    Government ‘nudge unit’ document published alongside net zero strategy before being withdrawn within hours

    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/oct/20/meat-tax-and-frequent-flyer-levy-advice-dropped-from-uk-net-zero-strategy

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  2. chdot
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    Document leak reveals nations lobbying to change key climate report

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-58982445

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  3. chdot
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    Just when you thought there couldn’t be any more downsides…

    https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2021/oct/21/global-heating-may-lead-to-epidemic-of-kidney-disease

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  4. LaidBack
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    Carbon capture...

    Scottish Greens are against I think?
    So Johnson in some ways agrees it's not right for Scotland and better (politically) if technology used in England.
    Douglas Ross in BBC couldn't give any coherent argument of how being part of the UK would ensure we all work across nations to tackle climate change.
    He also claimed that food deal with NZ will not result in more food miles. "It's a deal that won't increase trade as they have never used quotas in past." (!!).
    Totally incoherent. Why would the host of Cop26 not want to back projects in host country? How can trading with NZ make sense with rising transport costs?

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  5. chdot
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    See related thread -

    http://citycyclingedinburgh.info/bbpress/topic.php?id=20766

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  10. chdot
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    A handful of MPs received money or gifts in kind directly from fossil fuel companies or their owners. The head of the Conservative party in Scotland, Douglas Ross, was supported in his leadership campaign by a £20,000 donation from Alasdair Locke, who has extensive North Sea interests and chairs Motor Fuel Group, which owns more than 900 petrol stations across the UK.

    https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2021/oct/25/tories-received-13m-from-fossil-fuel-interests-and-climate-sceptics-since-2019

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    Ministers must tackle the climate crisis with the same urgency seen at the start of the Covid pandemic, according to in-depth research that also found widespread support for nationalisation and scepticism over the role of the private sector.

    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/oct/26/climate-crisis-needs-same-urgency-start-covid-pandemic-uk

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  13. chdot
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  14. LaidBack
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    Channel 4 had an excellent round up last night.
    Depressing list from all corners - including
    - flooding in Kerela, India
    - Europe's biggest coal fired power station in Poland
    - coastal errosion in Lagos, Nigeria
    - beef farmers in Brazil
    All guilty parties know that what they are doing is not 'sustainable' but in poorer countries the future is uncertain even without the climate threat.

    South Africa is the only place I've visited outside Europe. Looking at their Sunday Tribune paper for links to views from outwith the tech-rich global North. There are very few of 'us' and a lot more people like 'them'. SA has capacity to change but like Poland its electricity is mainly from coal. They have Africa's only nuclear plant producing 4%. Africa's population is only 1 billion and forecast in Factfulness to double while rest of world plateaus at 11 billion.
    https://www.iol.co.za/news/opinion/sas-climate-policy-is-amplifying-not-solving-the-crisis-e8498f06-4421-4ffb-93d3-90fb1d51714b

    This one more readable...
    https://www.iol.co.za/news/politics/sas-crisis-how-to-keep-the-lights-on-and-save-the-environment-d5b9f06c-0dba-4e29-aee6-8838e1a3aa34

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  15. chdot
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    Myles Allen, a professor of geosystem science at the University of Oxford, has championed the idea of forcing fossil fuel companies and other big emitters to pay for the permanent storage of the carbon they emit, through a “carbon takeback obligation”, using carbon capture and storage technology.

    He said: “On current progress, we’ll close the 2030 emissions gap some time in the 2080s. There is no appetite for reducing fossil fuel consumption globally at the rate required. The only remaining option is to scale up safe and permanent disposal of carbon dioxide, such as storing it back underground, instead of fly-tipping it into the atmosphere.”

    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/oct/26/world-wasted-chance-build-back-better-covid-un

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  16. chdot
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    The government has announced a partial U-turn over the sewage amendment after Tory rebels threatened to scupper an upcoming vote in the Commons. Under new rules, there will be a duty on water companies to reduce the impact of sewage discharges from storm overflows.

    This means the organisations will be required by law to show a reduction in sewage overspills over the next five years.

    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/oct/26/uk-government-u-turns-on-sewage-after-tory-mps-threaten-rebellion

    Of course the problem will get worse with (likely) increase in cloudbursts/flash floods.

    Will Tory backbenchers get involved in challenging Boris on other things??

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  17. LaidBack
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    Will Tory backbenchers get involved in challenging Boris on other things??

    No. They are a cult and he guarantees maximum stupidity, duplicity with constant clarifications and U turns. The media noise he makes is excellent cover.

    Looking back at the idea of each one of us having an allowance (Joanna Lumley article) - I'm all for it but suspect civil liberty lawyers would challenge. Like many climate change mitigation ideas they seem great in our specialist interest group. Taken away from the broadly pro-environment forum they end up hitting the 'I need a car, wood burning stove, flight to see family, etc' exceptionalists.
    Housing of wrong type should never be built now, but is. Cala think they tick eco boxes with chargers around playground car park at Burroughmuir. To be really green houses need to be insulated well and not heated by gas.

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  20. Dave
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    Some stuff is understandably hard, like getting people to change their fundamental habits of driving around. But other things are not hard at all, like legislating that all new houses have heat pumps and solar panels.

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  21. chdot
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    Very true.

    Probably worth arguing that politicians shouldn’t worry (much) about transport and concentrate on energy efficient (and warm) housing, ESPECIALLY new build.

    Any argument about ‘too expensive’ hardly particularly strong.

    Might mean lower profits for developers (not many tears for that).

    Prices for new houses depend on a lot of things.

    Plenty data - rather a lot of identikit semi’s throughout the UK.

    SO “location” - ie where people want to live, and maybe pay a premium for whatever convenience (or lack of unattractive things) is perceived.

    Of course a lot depends on the price of land. Worth rather a lot more if your local council says you can build on it. Most councils are incompetent/inconsistent about getting a decent share of the increase, but are expected to provide a big chunk of infrastructure - connecting roads, schools etc without necessarily getting enough money from developers, or new residents.

    The free market in land could be changed. But…

    Mortgage lenders could charge a higher rate for an inadequately insulated house. Quite reasonable - if a borrower is paying a lot for energy, more chance of defaulting.

    Or lenders could just refuse to lend.

    Of course Govs could start by upgrading building regulations and making sure LAs can afford proper enforcement.

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  22. crowriver
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    "Of course Govs could start by upgrading building regulations and making sure LAs can afford proper enforcement."

    I believe the first of these is within the ministerial remit of Patrick Harvie. Probably one reason why he decided to get Gavin Corbett in as a spad.

    As for the latter, that would be a mix of Finance remit and Local Government remit, Kate Forbes and Someone Else Can't Remember Who (both representing the Scottish Motorists' Party).

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  27. chdot
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    The fossil fuel industry has hundreds of people accredited to the key climate talks in Glasgow - giving the sector a bigger delegation than any country, campaigners have claimed.

    Analysis of the UN’s provisional list of named attendees suggests 503 delegates at Cop26 who are either directly affiliated with fossil fuel companies or are part of country delegations but are affiliated to oil, gas or coal firms, PA reports.

    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/live/2021/nov/08/cop26-obama-to-speak-survey-shows-few-will-change-lifestyle-for-climate-day-eight-live?page=with:block-6189089f8f0833c57fc5a48d#block-6189089f8f0833c57fc5a48d

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  28. chdot
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    BODYHEAT, which we hope to install over summer 2021, is part of Going Net Zero, our bold ambition to become a carbon neutral venue. We hope to install the system by the time of the United Nations Climate Change Conference, which takes place in Glasgow from 1-12 November 2021.

    https://swg3.tv/news/2020/december/swg3-radical-plans-to-use-clubbers-body-heat

    Posted 3 weeks ago #
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  30. chdot
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    Science has been very good at detecting the changes in climate, Vallance said. “Where we have to go now is to move from diagnosis to treatment. Science is going to be crucially important, of course, for innovation, technology, and research and development to implement and scale up the technologies that we need and it’s going to be important for the behavioural sciences and the other sciences crucial to actually make this work,” he said.

    Vallance also told the BBC on Tuesday that the climate crisis was a far bigger problem than Covid. He said that, while the pandemic had been awful, Covid might be a two- to four-year problem, rather than a 50- to 100-year problem that could be “really, really damaging”.

    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/nov/09/changes-behaviour-tackle-climate-crisis-patrick-vallance-cop26

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