The Owl Hoot Podcast | November

The Owl Hoot, produced by Caroline Norbury, is a podcast and blog. Each fortnightly podcast episode features a guest who contributes in some way to protecting the planet.

Recent podcasts:

  • Andy Extance
    Freelance science writer and director of Exeter.

    Andy covers local energy generation through rooftop solar and how the income generated from their 8 sites funds Healthy Homes for Wellbeing, a scheme offering free energy advice and other community projects.

  • Natascha Radclyffe-Thomas
    Professor of Marketing and Sustainable Business at the British School of Fashion.

    Natascha puts global fashion industry under the spotlight and shares her thoughts on buying less, the circular economy and valuing your clothes.

COP26 Global Day of Action | Hope Valley Climate Action (HVCA)

On the November 6th, COP26 Global Day of Action, over 100 people gathered at the Hope Valley Climate Action (HVCA) rally in Hathersage village, Derbyshire.

The rally gathered local people together to give speeches, and display homemade banners calling for climate action, particularly directed at world leaders present at the COP26 summit. People called for world leaders to:

  • show bold and ambitious leadership,
  • determine scientifically based actions for all countries to take,
  • establish robust mechanisms for monitoring progress,
  • hold countries to account,
  • lead the way in contributing to the Global Climate Fund, and
  • lead by example.

People of all ages gathered to show their support for climate action, with a particular focus on ‘Actions, not words.’

HVCA is a climate action charity with over 600 members, founded in 2019 to tackle the climate emergency on a local and national level.

Carbon Neutral Nottingham | Arrow

This week, Nottingham City launched a special Carbon Neutral Nottingham edition of the Arrow - the City Council’s magazine for residents.

This edition shared the progress the city has made towards achieving their 2028 carbon neutral goal, including

  • City carbon emissions have reduced by 53% per capita since 2005 
  • 30% of the Council fleet is now ULEV
  • 14,500 trees have been planted since 2019, with 50,000 by 2023
  • Since 2012, over 7,000 social and private hard-to-heat homes have been insulated and over 4,000 social housing properties now have solar panels.


Is the UK on track to meet its targets? Who’s who at COP26? And more...

National News In Brief (October 2021):

  • 'Adapt or die’: resilience to climate change needed, says Environment Agency

  • Climate change: Is the UK on track to meet its targets?

  • Steel and aviation sectors plot pathway to net-zero by 2050
    Dozens of big-name businesses have signed up to new multi-trillion-dollar pathways for reaching net-zero by 2050.

  • Who’s who at Cop26: the leaders who hold the world’s future in their hands
    A look at who will – and who may not – be at Glasgow climate summit

  • UK Public Now Eating Significantly Less Meat
    Daily meat consumption in the UK has fallen by 17% in the last decade, a study has shown. However, this reduction is not happening quickly enough, according to scientists.

CCS for incinerators? An expensive distraction to a circular economy

Report by Shlomo Dowen | Zero Waste Europe

Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) is being explored in response to climate concerns.  A new report by Zero Waste Europe looks at carbon capture for waste incinerators. It presents key general and specific arguments on how CCS for incinerators is a distraction , instead of a solution, to incinerators’ carbon problem.

According to report author Shlomo Dowen: "Investment in carbon capture for incinerators makes no sense when what is needed for the climate is to phase out the use of incinerators as soon as possible. I hope this report triggers a much needed discussion across the UK about how best to transition away from residual waste and towards a circular economy that is better for the climate."