West Devon Council invites residents’ views
Jan17

West Devon Council invites residents’ views

Following its inception in May of last year, when a climate change and biodiversity emergency was declared, steps have now been agreed by the Council of Members of West Devon. It aims to be a carbon neutral organisation by 2030. The Council’s ‘Climate Change and Biodiversity Working Group’ has been working through ideas to produce a plan that will enable them to tackle the challenge in the most logical way. They acknowledge that this...

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Green Issues: Positive climate change news
Dec31

Green Issues: Positive climate change news

This year was the hottest year on record. Temperatures reached 38.7 degrees in Cambridge – the hottest ever recorded in the UK. Fires devastated California, Greece, the Arctic and continue to burn in Australia. In fact, data from the Sentinel-3 World Fire Atlas shows that there were almost five times as many wildfires in August 2019 compared to August 2018. And David Bellamy died. However, this is the end of 2019 and I believe it’s...

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Green Issues: Plastic… less waste more speed
Dec20

Green Issues: Plastic… less waste more speed

Are we getting a bit fed up with hearing about plastic all the time? Is it one of those things that we know is important but it’s making us dig our heels in with the ‘greenies’ ramming it down our throats constantly? Probably. However, I am amazed at what has been achieved in such a small amount of time. Since David Attenborough’s programme that enlightened us all to the huge problem of plastic, there have been some real changes...

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Aiming towards a net-zero Devon
Dec16

Aiming towards a net-zero Devon

By Peter Embling The Devon Youth Parliament drew together a Devon Youth Climate Forum of climate experts, plus over a hundred of Devon’s students, to discuss how best to reduce carbon emissions in the county. It was all part of contributing to the goals of the Devon Carbon Plan, ‘a Net-Zero Task Force … which will use its specialist knowledge and experience to produce an evidence-led Devon Carbon Plan. This will consider the earliest,...

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Green Issues: Stay strong this Christmas!
Dec05

Green Issues: Stay strong this Christmas!

I find Christmas the hardest time of year to stick to my guns about unnecessary waste and minimal plastic usage. I’m torn between knowing that shiny bows and sparkly paper is bad, yet not wanting to miss the look on my children’s faces when they see the presents under the tree on Christmas morning. I know small plastic toys are pretty useless and a waste of resources, but can’t help wanting to keep up the tradition of stockings filled...

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Green Issues: One small step for the Earth…
Nov25

Green Issues: One small step for the Earth…

At the beginning of the month, the government announced that it would end its support for fracking in England. A report by the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA), in conjunction with four independent studies, concluded that ‘it is not currently possible to accurately predict the probability or magnitude of earthquakes linked to fracking operations’. Fracking, also known as hydraulic fracturing, is the heavy process of pumping water,...

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