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.
The conclusion should be obvious. We need a heavy rethink about how we treat wildlife and how we obtain our food. Not just because this is the morally right thing to do, but because our current consumption models are putting lives at risk. Sooner or later there will be another pandemic. Sooner is more likely than later. Once again it will spread easily across the planet via mass plane travel.
The government’s scheme to provide green grants to home owners and landlords has got off to a shaky start. With 65 percent of homeowners applying in the first 2 months alone, the scheme has already run out of money. To make matters worse, contractors who will carry out the improvement work are reluctant to sign […]
The owners of Leeds Bradford Airport (LBA) are pushing ahead with their planning application that would allow them to almost double their passenger numbers in the next 10 years. Well, that’s the plan, but we all know that Covid-19 has other ideas about the future of aviation. Currently, there’s only one flight a day taking […]
Fossil Free West Yorkshire is part of the global divestment movement, which asks institutions like councils and local government pension funds to divest or sell their investments in fossil fuel companies as soon as possible.
Green Party peer Natalie Bennett argues that we clearly do need, post-Brexit, a Financial Services Act but as it stands the financial services bill is nothing like what we need.
Adrian Horton from Stop the Flow, critiques the government’s plans to stop flooding, and proposes alternative solutions to the problem. “Natural flood management, particularly in the case of attenuation ponds, can only take place in the drier months in the spring and summer when the fields and the uplands are drier”.
Researchers at Oxford University department of physics have developed a new world-beating solar panel using the semiconductor perovskite. Perovskite is a semiconductor that can transport electric charge when light strikes the material. Oxford PV, an Oxford University spin-off, has spent more than a decade working on improving the efficiency of solar technology.
News that McDonald’s will be phasing out the use of toxic chemicals in its packaging is to be welcomed. But many food products in UK supermarkets still contain these chemicals. What can we do?
Charlie McCarthy weighs up the pros and cons of Biden cancelling the Keystone XL, and highlights the importance of the Paris Climate Agreement.
The 1984 film ‘Threads’ is artistic activism, a campaign for nuclear disarmament and a warning against individualism. As we celebrate a step towards the total elimination of nuclear weapons, we remember why these measures are necessary.
“The human family is standing on the beach watching a tsunami approaching. The big issue is … can we do anything to stop it?” Charlie McCarthy reviews what the evidence is saying on global warming and why we need to listen to the experts and be led by the science.
As Craven District Green councillor, Andy Brown notes that we’re all suffering from the consequences of neglecting our environment. With deregulation in China causing deaths in Yorkshire, we need to treat our globe as a unified whole in our response to climate change, not to ignore it.
Brian McHugh discusses how climate change is already impacting Yorkshire, and what is being done by local organisers to counter it.
Alok Sharma’s role as chair of the Cop26 conference – to be held in Glasgow in November – is now a full-time Cabinet position. But his record on climate issues is poor, and he doesn’t have long to turn this around. The world will be watching.
Ground-breaking move by volunteers to end factory farming and restore our planet to a healthy place to live
Richard Claxton reports on the work of non-profit group Humane Being in their efforts to put an end to factory farming. Represented by renowned QC, Michael Mansfield, and with the support of the RPCA, Humane Being have launched a crowdfunder to support their bid to end the practice.
Enthusiasm for veganism this January must not be perceived as a bad thing, it is a step towards a better world but, this article is a cautionary marker that not consuming meat is not enough. We must be more conscious of the global environmental impact of all the produce we consume. Veganism is not just a diet it is a worldview.
Instead of encouraging and properly subsidising farmers to move away from industrial production techniques that are ceasing to work, the government has chosen to stick with a failed strategy. It is now encouraging farmers to use the next generation of powerful insecticides and to keep on overdosing fields with chemicals fertilisers that wash off into streams and rivers.