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I was lucky enough to be able to attend the global climate conference COP26 in Glasgow in November, which with over 40,000 delegates, was the biggest COP ever.  Whilst the pledges made in the final Glasgow Climate Pact are expected to put the world on a path to global warming of less than two degrees, this will only happen if all of the promised emissions targets are actually...

Is flood risk really increasing?  The short answer is yes!  In their latest State of the UK Climate Report, the Royal Meteorological Society state that ‘For the most recent decade, UK summers have been on average 15% wetter than 1981–2010 and UK winters have been 11% wetter.’    The size of the future risk is significant too, with...

The final theme for COP26, sees Thursday’s focus shift to the very broad matter of Cities, Regions and Built Environment and the conference will examine how we can advance action in the places we live, from communities, through to cities and regions. We know that climate change causes sea levels to rise, increases the number of extreme weather events such as floods, droughts and storms and...

With road transport accounting for 10 per cent of global emissions, and its contribution to emissions rising faster than any other sector, the need to switch swiftly to zero emission vehicles remains a key element of the world’s efforts to tackle the climate emergency. Electric vehicles appear to offer a comfortable evolution, raising the prospect of maintaining a transport status quo while...

Entering the second week of COP26, the conference today moves to focus on gender.    It is widely recognised that there are differences in the ways which men and women contribute to climate change, the impact that climate change has on men and women and the ways that men and women respond to and adapt to climate change.  The United Nations...

Our COP26 posts to date have concentrated on the key areas of mitigation related to Climate Change. Mitigation refers to the measures which can be taken to avoid and reduce greenhouse gas emissions to prevent the planet from warming to more extreme temperatures, and, can include issues like energy conservation and efficiency, waste management, transport and...

Saturday sees attention at COP26 move to the topic of ‘Nature’ and we take this opportunity to reflect on the words of Councillor Seb Lowe, at the recent Rugby Climate Summit:  “The damaging effects which human activity and climate change can have on the natural environment have been laid out, in the starkest possible forms, for many years now. And yet, it...

Today's theme of COP26 (5 November) focusses on the importance of the voice of young people and demonstrating the critical role of public empowerment and education in climate action.  The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has adopted an Action for Climate Empowerment (ACE) Framework to engage all members of society in taking action...

With approximately 22% of the UKs carbon emissions arising from our homes, there is rightly an increasing focus on how we can all ensure that our homes can become more efficient and move towards more sustainable sources of energy. In the Net Zero Strategy (2021), the UK government has set out a number of commitments which will support the country in quickly moving away from fossil fuels...

Exciting developments are happening in the borough to support Rugbeians in contributing to net zero, and there is financial help out there to assist even more. As of October 2021, there are 53 publicly available electric vehicle charging devices available in Rugby, and the graphic below shows the significant progress which is being made to increase the availability of public charging devices...

As part of government’s ‘Domestic COP26’ campaign, West Midlands Combined Authority will be hosting the COP26 Regional Roadshow online and at Springfield Campus, University of Wolverhampton. It will take place on 11 November. From being known as the crucible of the first industrial revolution in the 18th century, to plans for becoming a net zero region by 2041, the West Midlands is...

A new website has been launched as part of Rugby’s commitment to go “net zero”. The site was created following Rugby’s Climate Summit in September and has been launched as the international COP26 climate summit gets underway. It will be used to help Rugby’s communities to share information and tips as residents, businesses, public agencies and voluntary and community organisations all do their...

WORK looks set to start on a major expansion of Rugby's Park Connector Network. The council has secured a £75,000 grant from the Veolia Environmental Trust to push ahead with plans to create a pathway network linking Lower Hillmorton Road to Lansdowne Place and Fleet Crescent, Whinfield Recreation Ground, Whinfield Wood and Whinfield Cemetery. The work includes raising, resurfacing and...

The first ever summit on addressing climate change in the borough of Rugby took place on 18 September, with keynote presentations from the business, voluntary and community sectors. The summit, which was chaired by Cllr Seb Lowe, Leader of Rugby Borough Council, tackled waste disposal and energy, sustainable transport, and biodiversity, with an additional view from the community sector. In...

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