With the UK hosting COP26 in just under 100 days, its role as a leader in climate targets and mitigation is under the spotlight. Is the UK Government serious in its commitment to climate targets?
What price will we have to pay if the scientists prove right and there is another 28 years of increasing climate chaos facing us?
National food strategy recommendations are a good start, but don’t address the need to build robust and resilient local food supply chains
The summer holidays are ahead of us and for many, a UK staycation is the most realistic option. But will holidaymakers follow the new Countryside Code?
The North Yorkshire County Council pension fund continues to invest £33 million in fossil fuels. The pensions of local people continue to be used by the County Council to prop up the industry that is most responsible for the climate crisis.
Single use nappies are one of the biggest contributors to plastic pollution, reusable nappies are a great start to reduce plastic pollution
The Canadian government is failing to stop the complete eradication of the last old-growth heritage western cedar in a rainforest area that is as unique and important as the Amazon for a healthy planet.
The environment bill shows the overall framework for our relationship between the world’s resources and our consumption of them
Coastal erosion and rising sea levels – the climate events happening far away will have a devastating impact on our coastal communities
Brian McHugh writes about the devastating impact air pollution has on people’s health, with research revealing it can lead to asthma, heart disease and strokes. A greater effort is needed to combat air pollution and climate change, and many students in Yorkshire have already begun campaigning for cleaner air.
How do we tackle the environmental impact of all the pandemic-related plastic waste, such as lateral flow tests and disposable masks?
A study revealed deeply shocking damage to soil from pesticide use. One issue is the inevitable spread of crop resistance to pesticide use.
Help prevent the next superbug pandemic through McDonald’s and improve the living conditions for farming livestock in the UK
The decline in insect numbers is not normal, and it’s very worrying. Humanity has wiped out the huge quantities of insect life in Britain.
The Woodland Trust is asking for landowners to take part in their new scheme MOREWoods to plant trees and help tackle climate change
We all like hot, lazy summer days, but the UK temperature is rising rapidly. The risk to human life, as well as the impact on pets and wildlife, needs to be of paramount concern
James Powell lays out what the UK and the world ought to do in order to reduce green house gas emissions; eating a plant-based diet is the first step, and removing subsidies to the meat industry would also help.
Ahead of the elections this week, Alex Toal speaks with Councillor Andrew Cooper, the Green Party candidate to be the first mayor of West Yorkshire.
Lizzie Hughes raises awareness about Open Country’s nature force group, a wildlife organisation which not only looks after nature, but that runs activities for marginalised communities to give them a sense of purpose and achievement.
Andy Brown reveals the dangers of mining the ocean. Environmental damage in the sea is difficult to clean, and oil and gas extraction is a threat to sea wildlife. If we want to pass on a healthy ocean to younger generations, change must happen.
James Powell reviews the hit Netflix documentary Seaspiracy and reviews the harmful impact of fishing on English and international water. Fishing has received subsidies for years, perhaps this money should go to ocean conservation rather than ocean destruction?
Charlie McCarthy explains the significance of the hydrogen factory in Yorkshire. Green hydrogen is a great alternative to fossil fuel, as poor air quality is already the largest environmental risk to UK public health.
Andy Brown explains how changes in human life, such as removing large areas of forests, has put us closer to wildlife and therefore pandemics and natural disasters. Human-induced climate crises must be taken seriously by politicians around the world.
Brian McHugh explains how rivers, such as those in Yorkshire, are being affected by sewage pollution that has been discharged by water companies. There have, for a long time, been campaigns in the UK for the government to protect rivers and waterways.
Peter Garbutt, in his first article for Yorkshire Bylines, gives us all a glimpse of hope for UK biodiversity. New habitats have been set up with ponds and wetlands, with a variety of wildlife and species, including the rare Great Crested Newt.
Pauline Allon looks at the battle to protect animal rights from future trade deals, and the need to recognise animal sentience. “The legal requirement to acknowledge that animals are sentient creatures that will go furthest towards guarding against the importing of meat from cruelly raised animals.”
Drax has now decided to move away from its proposals for small gas-fired stations and recognises that these would indeed be incompatible with Britain’s climate change targets. Instead they are putting their faith in wood burning and carbon capture.
This week, East Riding Council finally declared a climate emergency. It came after almost two years of campaigning from local groups, and after two sets of twins sent a video to the councillors, performing a poem they’d created calling for urgent action on climate change.
Brian McHugh asks if now is the time to be expanding the Leeds-Bradford airport: “Net zero emissions needs to be changed to zero emissions. The time is coming for an ethical and legal re-think on fossil fuel expansion plans. No longer can we continue to build for a fossil fuel reliant future.”
Pete Wilkinson, co-founder of Friends of the Earth and Greenpeace UK, explains the impact of nuclear reactors, which contain plutonium and uranium, on human health. A reports with evidence of the effects on young children has also been sent to different governments, but has received an underwhelming response.