This is quite a good news story: Global energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions rose less strongly in 2023 than the year before, even as total energy demand growth accelerated, new IEA analysis shows, with continued expansion of solar PV, wind, nuclear power and electric cars helping the world avoid greater use of fossil fuels. The… Read More »Good news: The growth in renewables limits global emissions
How much will ‘doing things to stop climate change’ cost us? Simon Evans writing in the Guardian last September noted how a thinktank got the cost of net zero for the UK wildly wrong – and that Civitas’s deeply flawed report was timed to follow the PM’s speech in which he called for an ‘honest approach’ to… Read More »How much will climate change cost us?
Exeter Community Energy are keen to work with people within our communities to help them address the issues of energy efficiency, the challenge of heating bills and availability of funding support. They are happy to come and meet you to explain their service and help you to identify people who can benefit from this free… Read More »Exeter Community Energy: call for a free visit to see how you can save energy!
THE EVOLUTION FROM CLIMATE DENALISM TO CLIMATE ANXIETY: We now know how the oil industry made us doubt climate change. Some years on, it has been suggested that Big Oil [who ‘fully owned the villain role’ in 2023, the hottest year ever recorded] and its many lobbyists [notably at 55 Tufton Street] have retreated from the now… Read More »How to progress from eco-anxiety to eco-action
Can we talk about this in Sidmouth? What can we do to reduce our carbon footprint through diet and the use of agricultural land? One approach is to help reduce carbon emissions by making choices about what we eat. And here in East Devon, these choices are not only personal but have a much wider… Read More »The Plant-Based Treaty: food, agriculture and the climate
Several Sidmouth churches are partners in the CAPS project – the Sid Valley Mission Community (Anglican), Primley United Reformed Church and The Most Precious Blood (Catholic) – and others will hopefully be joining anon. For some time now, the Sidmouth churches have been active with the Our Fragile Earth programme, with an excellent overview of how to understand, approach and act… Read More »The churches and the climate
It’s now well over a year since the Climate Awareness Partnership Sidmouth (or CAPS) was set up in the Sid Valley – to encourage debate about how the climate is changing in our midst. By now, most people are indeed aware that the climate is changing. So, why does Sidmouth need such a group? As… Read More »CAPS looking forward!
There are encouraging signs that 2024 is going to be ‘more sustainable’. Firstly, the latest annual UK survey from Deloitte looks at consumer attitudes and behaviours around sustainability – and at changes people are making to live more sustainably, plus the barriers they encounter to doing this: Adoption of more sustainable lifestyles continues to grow,… Read More »How far are we adopting sustainable lifestyles?
Are we hard-wired to keep warming the planet? The latest research suggests that evolution might stop humans from solving climate change. And yet, being scientists, the researchers suggest a more nuanced approach – and further study: “There is hope, of course, that humans may solve climate change. We have built cooperative governance before, although never… Read More »Depoliticizing the climate debate: communicating the science
There are several projects looking to raise awareness about the changing climate – the most successful being the Sidmouth Science Festival, itself a project coming out of the Vision Group for Sidmouth, aka Sustainable Sidmouth. There are also groups showing that really effective actions can be taken – including the Sidmouth Repair Café, the Sidmouth Cycling Campaign and… Read More »From climate awareness… to climate action