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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."


Consultation on upgraded walking and cycling facilities in Nottingham & Sustainable Hayfield's COP26 Talk....

Local News In Brief (Oct 2021)

  • Consultation on proposal for upgraded walking and cycling facilities in Nottingham.
    View the proposals in full and have your say. Consultation closes 31 October

  • From Iniquity to Integrity: COP26 and delivering on our climate commitments

    After Sustainable Hayfield's AGM last month, Professor Kevin Anderson, professor of Energy and Climate Change at Manchester University gave a presentation on the theme of COP26 which attracted a good deal of interest. The talk, and subsequent discussion, was recorded and is available to view at :

The Owl Hoot Podcast | Sept & Oct

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:

  • Jen Gale
    Founder of Sustainable(ish) - a social enterprise aiming to provide practical inspiration for those wishing to live more sustainably. 
  • Joy Carey
    Sustainable Food Systems Planning Consultant and founding director of the Bristol Food Network. Growing up in Kenya, her experience of rural farming influenced her career and how she values knowing where her food comes from. 
  • Helena Craig
    Chair of Black2Nature – an environmental organisation promoting equal access to nature for all

Job Opportunity - Climate Change and Biodiversity Officer (20th October)

High Peak Borough Council & Staffordshire Moorlands Council
Salary: £31,346 to £36,922
Location: Leek & Buxton
Duration: Permanent
Deadline: 12pm on Wednesday 20th October

A passionate and knowledgeable individual to help shape and progress delivery of the Councils' Climate Change and Biodiversity Action Plans.

Candidates will require a sound understanding climate change, sustainability, and biodiversity.