Government

UN virtual climate talks fall short

What’s Going On Here? Last week, intersessional climate talks ended after intense negotiations between the world’s leading climate diplomats. Unfortunately, the main issues of the three-week event were left unresolved and negotiators have been asked to propose solutions to ministers as part of a political resolution. What Does This Mean? From 31 May to 17 June, vital global climate negotiations were held…

The 2021 budget – lacking green ambition?

The budget announcement of last week has been viewed by many within the green community as underwhelming and insufficient. This week we’re exploring where and how the government could be doing more to stimulate a green recovery. The opacity we are facing in assessing the budget’s green policies is seemingly densening, as the latest critics of Rishi Sunak’s budget scramble to draw…

US Election: Biden’s Climate Pledge

What’s Going On Here? If successful at next week’s US presidential election, the Democratic candidate Joe Biden plans to implement an extensive climate policy that would reverse the Trump Administration’s years of environmental roll backs. What Does This Mean? The $2 trillion dollar plan aims to significantly increase the use of clean energy in transportation, electricity and building sectors, initiating a major…

Why the UK’s ‘Green’ Recovery Plans aren’t so Green After All

What’s Going On Here? This week climate campaigners have launched a formal legal challenge against the UK’s ‘green’ recovery plans, stating that they are unlawful in light of the UK’s obligations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. What Does This Mean? Do you remember that wonderful moment back in February when Heathrow Airport expansion was ruled unlawful on climate grounds? Well the same pressure group behind…

Curious investigations… bringing the spotlight to environmental misbehaviour!

What’s Going On Here? What with all of the current Covid- 19 media coverage, world leaders and other politicians have been behaving verrryy sneakily, removing or avoiding important environmental legislation… What Does This Mean? Last week, it was announced that the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) (an independent executive agency of the government) will not enforce any environmental protection measures as of 26th March.…

Governments face big decisions over airline bailouts with opposition from activists

What’s Going On Here? The Covid-19 crisis has cost the aviation industry $880 billion worldwide. But as governments scramble to bailout airlines, environmental campaigners are asking for strict conditions on the industry’s future climate impact before taxpayer’s money is handed out. What Does This Mean? Aviation has all but ceased in many countries (follow this dramatic decline in air traffic is being…