Climate change: Airlines putting profit before planet through “Fuel tankering”

A British Airways whistleblower has revealed an industry-wide practice that deliberately adds weight to flights, increasing greenhouse gas emissions.

“Fuel tankering” sees planes filled with extra fuel, usually to avoid paying higher prices for refuelling at their destination airports.

It could mean extra annual emissions equivalent to that of a large town.

BA said it was common to carry extra fuel for “operational, safety and price reasons”.

BBC Panorama has discovered the airline’s planes generated an extra 18,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide last year through fuel tankering.

John Sauven, Greenpeace UK’s executive director, told the BBC this was a “classic example of a company putting profit before planet”.

He added: “This is why we can’t afford another decade of believing corporate greenwash and waiting for the voluntary carbon reductions to appear.

“We need tough regulations to limit aviation’s emissions, because so long as there’s money in polluting, they’ll pollute as much as they can.”

Source: BBC News

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UK Election 2019: Is Climate Change a deal breaker for you?

Sian Berry  Co-leader of the Green Party on the launch of their general election campaign said: “Some things are even bigger than Brexit. This must be the climate election. The future won’t get another chance.”

The party says it would fund their climate change pledge of £100bn a year by borrowing £91.2bn a year, with an extra £9bn from “tax changes”.

The party also set out plans to make Britain carbon neutral by 2030.

Conservative party  has already committed to cut carbon emissions to net zero by 2050, a move announced by former Prime Minister Theresa May before she left office earlier this year.

Boris Johnson led Conservatives on his election campaign said they have “a proper plan to continue reducing carbon emissions” which will build on the “400,000 low carbon jobs we’ve already created (while in government)”.

Labour has also set out some of its own environmental pledges, including a promise to cut UK carbon emissions by 10% through a home improvement programme.

A Labour government would fund £60bn of energy-saving upgrades, such as loft insulation, enhanced double glazing and new heating systems, by 2030.

The question now is which party and who do you trust to deliver on climate change and will it be a deal breaker for you?

 

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Labour to fund energy-saving upgrades with £60bn

Jeremy Corbyn the leader of the opposition party in UK Labour pledge to cut UK carbon emissions by 10% through the largest home improvement programme for decades.

He said a Labour government would fund £60bn of energy-saving upgrades, such as loft insulation, enhanced double glazing and new heating systems, by 2030.

 

Launching the policy on Sunday, Jeremy Corbyn said it “will create a sustainable energy network”, adding: “We cannot go on polluting our planet.”

The Conservatives said the plan would “wreck the economy” and “put up bills”.

Speaking about the policy – called “Warm Homes for All” – in south-west London, Mr Corbyn said that climate change would be a major part of the party’s election campaign.

“We cannot go on standing by while climate warming increases,” the Labour leader said.

Labour says low-income households will receive a grant to carry out the work on their homes, while wealthier households would receive interest-free loans for enhancements.

 

Households which take out the loan would pay it back through savings on energy bills, the party added.

Labour expects the project to cost £250bn – an average of £9,300 per home – but only £60bn would come as a cost to central government, it says.

Source: BBC News

UK government suspends fracking indefinitely

The government has called a halt to shale gas extraction – or fracking – in England amid fears about earthquakes.

The indefinite suspension comes after a report by the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) said it was not possible to predict the probability or size of tremors caused by the practice.

Business Secretary Andrea Leadsom said it may be temporary – imposed “until and unless” extraction is proved safe.

Labour, Lib Dems and the Green Party want a permanent ban.

Green number plate proposed for UK electric cars

Drivers of electric cars across the UK may soon be using special green number plates under new plans.

The aim is to make it possible for local authorities to allow zero-emission vehicles to benefit from incentives such as cheaper parking.

The government hopes it will boost electric car sales, helping it achieve its 2050 target of net zero emissions.

But Friends of the Earth said without better financial incentives and more charging points, little would change.

The government is asking industry and the public for their views on how to implement the scheme.

“As the UK moves at pace towards net zero emissions, the initiative aims to raise awareness of the increasing number of zero tailpipe emission vehicles on UK roads,” said the Department for Transport (DfT).

“Through the introduction of green number plates, local authorities would have a useful visual identifier should they wish to introduce incentives to promote the use of zero-emission vehicles, such as allowing these drivers to use bus lanes and to pay less for parking.”

The government said a similar licence plate scheme introduced on a trial basis in the Canadian province of Ontario had led to an increase in electric vehicle registrations.

However, RAC head of roads policy Nicholas Lyes said: “While the sentiment seems right, there are question marks as to whether drivers would see this as a badge of honour or alternatively it could foster resentment among existing drivers of petrol and diesel vehicles.

“On the face of it, drivers we’ve questioned don’t seem too impressed – only a fifth think it’s a good idea and the majority said the number plates wouldn’t have the effect of making them any more likely to switch to an electric vehicle.”

Friends of the Earth campaigner Jenny Bates urged the introduction of a national scrappage scheme, saying it would “help fund a switch to a cleaner vehicle or greener transport alternative”.

Source: BBC News

New beetle named after climate activist Greta Thunberg

A newly discovered species of beetle has been named after young climate activist Greta Thunberg.

Nelloptodes gretae bears little resemblance to its namesake – it is less than 1mm long, and has no wings or eyes.

The insect does, however, have two long pigtail-like antennae.

Scientist Dr Michael Darby said he chose the name because he was “immensely impressed” by the Swedish teenager’s environmental campaigning.

N. gretae was first found in Kenya in the 1960s by William Block, who donated his samples to the Natural History Museum in London in 1978. It has been held in one of the museum’s collections since.

Dr Darby was studying this collection when he came across the then-nameless species

By naming the beetle after Ms Thunberg, he said, he “wanted to acknowledge her outstanding contribution in raising awareness of environmental issues”.

It has now been formally named in the Entomologist’s Monthly Magazine.

Dr Max Barclay, the museum’s senior curator in charge of beetles, said the name was apt because “it is likely that undiscovered species are being lost all the time, before scientists have even named them, because of biodiversity loss”.

“So it is appropriate to name one of the newest discoveries after someone who has worked so hard to champion the natural world and protect vulnerable species,” he added.

Source: BBC News

How to Save Energy at Home to Save Money & the Planet

Climate change is upon us and we must all start doing something now before it is too late. They say charity begins at home and if we must succeed in reverting the effect of climate change, we must all begin from our various home.

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A quick glance through the list below will show you how easy it is to make real energy savings by following a 12 simple do’s and don’ts that will make significant impact to the fight against climate change and also make you big savings from energy bills. Even little things such as not leaving your TV on stand-by or checking furniture isn’t placed too near radiators or heaters will make a big difference to how much energy you use and how much money you save. It’s Win-Win for all.

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  1. Do think about turning your thermostat down by just 1°c as this can cut up to 10% off your energy bill
  2. Don’t leave central heating switched on if you don’t need it. Background heating is only needed if the temperature is freezing or if you are are going away for a few days and should be regulated by a programmer and room thermostat
  3. Do close your curtains at dusk to keep heat from being lost through the windows. Also make sure curtains are placed behind radiators, to keep the heat in the room
  4. Do open doors in sunny rooms and let warm air into other parts of the room
  5. Do turn off lights when you leave a room. Beware of leaving dark areas which might be dangerous for children and the elderly
  6. Don’t use more lights than you really need to during daylight hours. Ensure your curtains or blinds are adjusted to let in as much light as possible
  7. Do fit an energy saving light bulb if you use a light for an average of three hours a day or more. It uses around a quarter of the electricity and lasts eight times longer than an ordinary light bulb
  8. Don’t forget if you fit lower wattage bulbs in main lights, directional lights can be used for reading and sewing. Make sure you have adequate lighting in areas such as hallways
  9. Do make sure you defrost your fridge regularly as this will help keep it running efficiently, and reduce running costs
  10. Do always put the plug in a basin or sink. Leaving hot water taps running without the plug in is both wasteful and expensive
  11. Don’t have your water to a scalding temperature. For most people, setting the thermostat to a level of 50°c to 55°C is quite adequate.
  12. Do make sure you buy eco friendly and energy efficient products. Always remember to Reuse, Reduce and Recycle as much as you can

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