Our economic system depends on the natural world. Growth that results in the destruction of nature will, in the end, cease
Tony Juniper's recent article on nature and economic growth begins:
"As we debate how best to integrate environmental and economic goals, it is perhaps worth remembering that even central bankers need to eat, drink and inhale clean air. Food and water security, protection from climatic extremes, the carbon cycle, public health and the replenishment of the very air we breathe all depend on nature. It is less that nature is part of our economy, and rather that our entire economic system is a wholly owned subsidiary of nature.
During recent years there has been a series of expert reviews revealing the scale of the social and economic risks that accompany the continued degradation of nature. Some interpret these findings as a reason to oppose economic growth. The key question is, however, not about growth per se, but the style and quality of growth that we pursue. Growth that results in the destruction of nature will, in the end, cease. Economic development that, by contrast, moves toward net zero greenhouse gas emissions and the recovery of nature is a very different prospect."
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Neonicotinoid pesticides (also known as neonics) are banned in the European Union and the UK for use on all outdoor crops because of the high risk to bees and other pollinators. This ban was based on a thorough scientific assessment of the evidence and was backed by the UK government.
But in January 2022, as in 2021, the government gave temporary approval for farmers to use the neonic, thiamethoxam on sugar beet. This not only flies in the face of the recommendation of its own expert advisors but also undermines its promises to protect pollinators and to follow the precautionary principle in environmental decision-making.
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In light of the 2030 ban on sale of petrol and diesel vehicles, City Science has recently published a white paper to help local authorities understand actions they can take to support the transition to electric vehicles. In addition to personal vehicles, the white paper also covers critical considerations around decarbonisation of buses and freight. The white paper makes 10 key recommendations, including setting goals within a wider strategy and adopting "whole system" thinking.
Read more: The City Science White Paper
The Department for Transport's report Decarbonising Transport: Setting the Challenge
Should we ask our councils to undertake these actions? Let us know if you have knowledge to share.
A report by the Environment Agency has revealed that 7,000 homes are at risk of coastal erosion, and 520,000 are in areas that have a high risk of coastal flooding.
Using data from the Environment Agency ‘National Coastal Erosion Risk Mapping’ data, confused.com has produced an interactive coastal erosion risk map that predicts the rate of UK coastal erosion over the next 20, 50 and 100 years.
The Environment Agency has predicted that 7,000 homes, worth more than £1bn, will face the consequences of coastal erosion this century.
The data also shows that currently, 520,000 properties are in areas that have a high risk of coastal flooding.
Without action, climate change could cause this figure to increase to 1.5 million homes by 2080.
Environment Minister Thérèse Coffey said recently that: ‘One in six people in England are already living in properties that are at risk of flooding.’
According to Confused.com, a combination of increased coastal erosion, rising sea levels, and climate change is likely to cause this statistic to greatly increase.
Confused.com has also used this data to show which coastal towns and villages are at the highest risk of collapse. See the coastal map
Read more at environmentjournal.online
The Guardian reported on 10th February that the government’s flagship programme for a green recovery is in turmoil after it was revealed that hundreds of millions of pounds are being withdrawn from its green homes grant programme.
95% of the £1.5bn pot provided for householders in England to make their homes less carbon intensive remains unspent due to long delays in giving out grants to householders and making payments to installers .
By 22 January, only £71m of the £1.5bn promised to householders had been given out – less than 5%. The grants have been extended to run until March 2022 because of the delays. But in a parliamentary answer, the business minister Anne-Marie Trevelyan revealed the £2bn available would not be rolled over into the next financial year from March.
Read more at the Guardian
"All homes and businesses will have to meet rigorous new energy efficiency standards to lower energy consumption and bills", helping to protect the environment, the Housing Minister Chris Pincher announced on 19 January 2021.
The government has set out plans to improve the energy performance of new homes, with all homes to be highly energy efficient, with low carbon heating and be zero carbon ready by 2025. These homes are expected to produce 75-80% lower carbon emissions compared to current levels. To ensure industry is ready to meet the new standards by 2025, new homes will be expected to produce 31% lower carbon emissions from 2021.
Existing homes will also be subject to higher standards – with a significant improvement on the standard for extensions, making homes warmer and reducing bills. The requirement for replacement, repairs and parts to be more energy efficient. This includes the replacement of windows and building services such as heat pumps, cooling systems, or fixed lighting.
The government has also announced a consultation on higher performance targets for non-domestic buildings which will mean they will be zero carbon ready by 2025.
Read more on gov.uk
0n 11 January, at the One Planet Summit, the Prince of Wales launched what he is calling ‘Terra Carta’ - or Earth Charter - aiming to “bring prosperity into harmony with nature, people and plant over the next decade”. The Charter is being launched alongside a fund run by the Natural Capital Investment Alliance, which aims to mobilise $10 billion towards natural capital by 2022. The Prince is urging major global companies to back a more sustainable future and do more to protect the planet, as he marks his own 50 years of environmental campaigning.
The new fund aims to “harness and preserve natural capital” as a way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, restore biodiversity and create jobs by investíng in areas such as bioenergy, forestry, regenerative farming and using waste as a resource. Companies supporting the launch of the Terra Carta include BlackRock, Bank of America and HSBC. While some signatories are big investors or financiers for the fossil fuel industry and sectors linked to biodiversity loss, the commitments signal an intention to transition to a low-carbon future that also backs biodiversity restoration.