Calling all LSA members! As the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on towns and cities across the UK intensifies, there is an urgent need to link business resources to the needs of communities – in the right place, at the right time and at the right scale. In response Business in the Community (BITC) is launching the National Business Response Network (NBRN).
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A recent study published in the journal Nature highlights that international cooperation on ozone-depleting chemicals is helping to return the southern jet stream to a normal state. This reinforces the scientific view that human action can halt global heating. Read more
A recent study (published 3 March) by Project Drawdown forms a comprehensive update to list of policy, business, community and individual actions needed to achieve ‘Drawdown’ – the point at which greenhouse gas (GHG) levels in the atmosphere peak and begin declining. Read more
The Department for Transport (DfT) will double its EV charger funding to £10 million, with a focus on residential chargers, as it seeks to encourage more urban dwellers to go electric. Read more
Brunel Pension Partnership, one of the UK's eight local government pension fund pools which holds around £30bn of assets, has set out an aggressive new climate policy promising to align its holdings with the goals of the Paris Agreement and lean heavily on asset managers to do the same. Read more
Times article highlights moves by many City law firms away from a hard-nosed "bill, bill, bill" mantra to ostensibly softer approach which values diversity, enhanced paternity entitlements and more environment-related sustainability projects. Legal PR advisors Byfield says "a genuine commitment to change, both in the conduct of the firm and in the conduct of client business - not just make pronouncements or speak in jargon. It's what they actually do to advance sustainability that will count". Membership of the LSA is cited in the article as a positive agent in this. Read more
The UK’s energy storage sector is enjoying rapid growth, as the roll out of the smart grid technologies that are seen as essential to the development of a cleaner and more flexible energy system continues to outstrip expectations. Trade body RenewableUK’s recent report providers data showing that the cumulative capacity of planning applications for battery […] Read more
I’ve never really thought of myself as much of a rebel, so why on earth did I find myself, dressed in my best suit after a meeting in the City, sitting in the middle of the road at Trafalgar Square? That was also the question a TV crew put to me. I answered to the camera after only the briefest moment of reflection; we have done more damage to nature in knowledge of all the facts over the past 30 years, than ever we did in ignorance over the centuries before. Which tells me that facts alone won’t suffice. We have to engage in new ways to change hearts and minds, which is... Read more
Millions of people around the world held a global climate strike on Friday, inspired by activist Greta Thunberg.
Protesters across continents waved placards and chanted slogans in what could be the biggest ever demonstration over global warming caused by humans.
"Our house is on fire", Ms Thunberg said at a rally. "We will not just stand aside and watch." Read more
Proposed legislation in California would commit to 75% reduction in plastic waste by 2030, and phase out most single-use packaging.
The most ambitious US legislation to tackle the scourge of plastic pollution choking up oceans and piling up in landfills could pass in California Friday – or end up in the dustbin of history. Lawmakers are likely to vote on proposals that aim to phase out most single-use plastic packaging within the next decade. Read more
The UK has won the bid to host the 26th Conference of the Parties, known as COP26, following a partnership with Italy.Up to 30,000 delegates are expected to attend the event at Glasgow's Scottish Events Campus (SEC) at the end of next year.It is designed to produce an international response to the climate emergency. Read more
Lawyers from ClientEarth are putting 100 local authorities across England on notice, warning them that they will violate their legal obligations and risk legal challenge if they do not introduce proper climate change plans.
Environmental lawyers from ClientEarth's London office are writing to each local authority that is currently developing a new local plan, giving them eight weeks to explain how they will set evidence-based carbon reduction targets and ensure these targets are then central to their new planning policy. Read more