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Supporter of the ‘underdog’ and fair play, freedom of the individual balanced with responsibility to the community. Supporter of our heritage & countryside

Flying high! – at what cost to our planet?

Earlier in 2019  Sir David Attenborough’s critically important TY programme  Climate Change – The Facts’  was screened. I reported in detail on the scientific evidence covered in the programme – click HERE  to read.

Donald Trump’s denial of the dire effects of climate change and the effects of a warming planet reminds us that there are many people out there that think that all talk of a climate crisis is unwarranted. Whether you are a believer or not please read on…………

Greenhouse gases are having the effect of warming the planet …. and now in the 21st century they are increasing at an alarming rate!  This article by the National Geographical explains why they are at a record high! – click HERE or see below:

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Greenhouse gases are being produced at an alarming rate!  According to the UK Government in 2017, UK net emissions of carbon dioxide were provisionally estimated to be 366.9 million tonnes metric). Carbon dioxide (CO2) is the main greenhouse gas, accounting for 81 per cent of total UK greenhouse gas emissions.  Click HERE to see the report dated 29 Mar 2018.  On an individual basis we In  have an average individual carbon footprint of about 9 tonnes of CO2 per year but that’s only an average for everyone from children  though to the older generation. It varies  tremendously depending on your lifestyle or work. For instance, if you drive a vehicle for your living you could easily treble this figure. According to  Carbon Footprint  the average petrol car produces 2.99 tonnes of CO2 annually. But if you are a frequent flyer this CO2 emission rapidly increases:

According to the Environmental Transport Association (ETA)  just one return flight from London to New York produces a greater carbon footprint than a whole year’s personal allowance needed to keep the climate safe. Or put it another way –  according to My Climate  one person on one flight on a round trip from London to New York (US), JFK,  in economy class, would use  1.8 tons of CO2. Let’s say there are 300 people on the flight – that one flight gives off 540 tons of CO2! Just on one flight!  Using Carbonify to calculate how many trees one would have to plant to compensate for this one flight of 300 passengers I reckon we are looking at over 6000 trees. Just for one return flight UK to New York!  (one Metric tonne = 1,10 US tons)

Obviously one can question all calculations but surely everyone will agree there is something serious going on. On almost a daily basis warnings are given of the impact of global warming.

Recommendation: Check out what the experts say……….. click on the image below to see what the UK Government’s Committee on Climate Change say:

The Committee on Climate Change (the CCC) is an independent, statutory body established under the Climate Change Act 2008.  Their purpose is to advise the UK Government and Devolved Administrations on emissions targets and report to Parliament on progress made in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and preparing for climate change.

 

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Government must not change VAT on solar panels from 5% to 20%, campaigners urge

One of the UK’s largest renewable energy suppliers has written to the Chancellor to warn that plans to change VAT from 5% to 20% for families buying solar panels and renewable technology could harm the country’s push for a net zero carbon economy by 2050.

Juliet Davenport, chief executive and founder of Good Energy – which has around 250,000 customers, called on Sajid Javid to scrap the plans, which come into effect on October 1.

https://uk.finance.yahoo.com/news/government-must-not-change-vat-090046584.html

Grants for on street charging points for electric cars!

The Government has recently announced an additional £2.5m in funding for the public on-street electric car charging infrastructure, claiming that the cash will see an extra 1,000 charging points installed in residential areas.

The Independent newspaper has a useful article on this announcement but it and other media fail to cover the importance of getting local councils to apply for grants

Local authorities should take action now and apply for grants for such programmes. It’s long been the practice of government to announce a programme with limited funds and of course it sounds good. However, unless local councils apply for the money, EV facilities won’t come to our local area. £2.5 million won’t go very far. We suspect the big cities will be quick off the mark in applying for funds and that will leave rural towns at a disadvantage.

It’s essential that local county and district councillors are lobbied in order to get their  councils to apply for grants ASAP.   A letter by residents to the Leader of the Council might kick things off.  Contact details can be easily found on council web sites.

Here is a sample letter that you could send to your own local council:

Dear <………….>

Government funding for on-street electric-car charging is to be doubled according to Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps.  An extra £2.5m will available for local authorities to install charge points on residential roads. The scheme is aimed at providing access to charging infrastructure near the homes of people without off-street parking. Also it is understood that the Government are willing to consider applications for charge points situated in car parks owned by the Local Authority where they meet the objectives of the scheme i.e. that the car park is suitably located in or near a residential area and provides an option for local residents looking to charge their car both during the day and overnight.

Data published by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders shows 14,200 pure electric new cars were bought during the first seven months of the year, up 71% compared with the same period in 2018. These cars now hold a 1% share of the new car market.

It is understood that this funding is available to Local Authorities for eligible projects, on a first come, first-served basis. That being the case would you ask your officers to apply for funding as soon as possible before funds run out?

Kind Regards

Good luck!

An appeal to All Governments to take action on Climate Change!

By way of an introduction please take a look at this  short video which shows how methane is stored in the permafrost and in frozen lakes:

2010: University of Alaska Fairbanks Professor Katey Walter Anthony takes us onto a frozen lake in Fairbanks, AK to demonstrate why methane gas is a key ingredient in global warming.

The continuing climate change protests , the Greta Thunberg appeals and Sir David Attenborough’s dire warnings in his TV programme Climate Change – The Facts may not be top news now but climate change is the biggest issue facing the future of life on Earth. I implore everyone to watch it. ……

Above: Climate Change: The Facts | FULL EPISODE – BBC   If you don’t have time to view the whole programme the TV guide Radio Times has a great summary including some dramatic video clips.  Or follow Twitter: #ClimateChangeTheFacts

For my part, the climate change threat is so important to us here on Earth I have tried to repeat  some of the key warning and advice from scientists and university researchers filmed in the BBC programme in this article …………

Continue reading An appeal to All Governments to take action on Climate Change!

Developers still promoting rejected site for 10,000 homes near Henfield

Mayfield Market Towns Ltd are still promoting their plans to  build  possibly 10,000 homes in the Sussex countryside near Henfield and a few miles away from the South Downs National Park. This proposal was rejected by the inspector when the Horsham District Council Local Plan was reviewed but the company are still pushing ahead.

The company are now inviting comments which is a positive move but is their plan sound? Why not let them know what you think?  If you want to contact them and let them know your opinion about this development email: feedback@mayfieldtowns.co.uk

Click Here to read the company’s letter of 24th July 2019

Continue reading Developers still promoting rejected site for 10,000 homes near Henfield

UK railways needs revolution not evolution, says Rail Review chair

This interim report promises to offer a route and branch re-organisation of UK railways but surprisingly it doesn’t mention the major effect which improved railways can have on tackling the climate change challenge. This is very surprising considering promises coming forward recently from the government to tackle climate change.

It’s disappointing to see that Mr Williams’ interim report assiduously avoids talking about the excessive rail ticket prices we have in the UK, and especially the automatic increases which are applied by the UK government each year to rail fares. The next increase is due in January 2020, and there seems to be no move to halt this unfair system which penalises rail passengers ensuring we have the highest rail fares in Europe!

However, it’s worth taking time to look at this forecast of what will be in the final report later on in the autumn as the changes predicted are potentially quite substantial.

Continue reading UK railways needs revolution not evolution, says Rail Review chair