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Climate Justice in the United Kingdom
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Climate Justice in the United Kingdom

HIGHLIGHTS Air Pollution Affecting Black, Asian and Minority Communities in London Elderly Populations Affected by Extreme Weather Disadvantaged Coastal Communities Affected by Flooding   NARRATIVE Air Pollution Affecting BAME Communities in London Air pollution is the largest environmental risk to public health in the UK. The high levels of toxic air, mainly in the southern...

Climate Mitigation Strategic Priorities for the United Kingdom
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Climate Mitigation Strategic Priorities for the United Kingdom

Priorities Permanently phase out all North Sea oil and gas exploration Prioritize two sectors with stagnant emissions: transport and housing Reduce so-called “embodied emissions” from major polluters such as steel and cement Reduce embodied emissions in imported goods by establishing carbon border adjustments The UK should increase financing to third party organizations overseeing the follow...

Climate Scorecard Progress Report for the United Kingdom
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Climate Scorecard Progress Report for the United Kingdom

This report is in the form of memos from Climate Scorecard Country Managers to Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework to Combat Climate Change (UNFCCC). Below is a description of the progress the country has made made in mitigating greenhouse gas emissions since the Paris Agreement was signed in 2015 and the...

UK Has Robust Emissions Reporting Systems
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UK Has Robust Emissions Reporting Systems

This Post was submitted by Climate Scorecard UK Country Managers Thomas Christensen and Gwenyth WrenBest Organizational Source: Department of Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy   BEIS (Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy) provides estimates of UK territorial greenhouse gas emissions, meaning emissions that occur within the UK’s borders. BEIS publishes an emissions report annually...

2020 Was the 3rd Warmest, 5th Wettest, and 8th Sunniest Ever Recorded in the UK
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2020 Was the 3rd Warmest, 5th Wettest, and 8th Sunniest Ever Recorded in the UK

This Post was submitted by Climate Scorecard UK Country Managers Thomas Christensen and Gwen WrenThe first half of 2021 has spelled numerous climate-induced natural disasters in the United Kingdom, including extreme heat, rainstorms, and flooding. In June and July, the Meteorological Office (the country’s national weather service) issued an extreme heat advisory. Temperature records that...

Nuclear Power is an Integral Part of the UK’s Vision for Transitioning to a Net-Zero Carbon Economy by 2050
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Nuclear Power is an Integral Part of the UK’s Vision for Transitioning to a Net-Zero Carbon Economy by 2050

This Post was submitted by Climate Scorecard UK Country Managers Gwenyth Wren and Thomas Christensen   The United Kingdom was preeminent in the development and use of nuclear energy. In 1956 the world’s first commercial nuclear power station was opened at Calder Hall, which was connected to the grid, in the UK. Currently, 21% of...

UK’s Major Climate Challenges: Reduce Emissions from the Residential Heating, Aviation and Shipping Sectors
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UK’s Major Climate Challenges: Reduce Emissions from the Residential Heating, Aviation and Shipping Sectors

This Post has been submitted by Climate Scorecard United Kingdom Country Managers Thomas Christensen and Gwenyth WrenUK climate change target and progress The UK has a 68% emissions reduction goal by 2030 (NDC) and a 78% by 2035 compared to 1990 levels, as well as a 2050 net zero goal. It has brought emissions down...

UK was First Major Economy to Embrace a Legal Obligation to Achieve Net Zero Carbon Emissions by 2050
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UK was First Major Economy to Embrace a Legal Obligation to Achieve Net Zero Carbon Emissions by 2050

This post was submitted by UK Country Managers Thomas Christensen and Gwenyth WrenCurrent level of greenhouse gas emissions In 2019, net emissions in the UK were estimated to be 454.8 million tonnes carbon dioxide equivalent (MtCO2e), a decrease of 2.8% compared to the 2018 figure of 468.1 million tonnes and 43.8% lower than they were...

Glasgow: Best Climate Practice City in the United Kingdom
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Glasgow: Best Climate Practice City in the United Kingdom

This Post was submitted by Climate Scorecard UK Country Managers Thomas Christensen and Gwenyth Wren   Context In November 2021, Glasgow will be the host city of COP26, the fifth-year anniversary of the Paris Agreement, where world leaders will convene and aim to establish new, ambitious emissions reduction targets in the hope of staving off...

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