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Cut methane emissions now to limit ocean warming

posted by on 13th Jul 2020


Heat in the oceans is causing intense storms and rising sea levels

The Paris Agreement

The Paris Agreement central aim is to strengthen the global response to the threat of climate change by keeping a global temperature rise this century well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase even further to 1.5 degrees Celsius.

UnitedNations, Climate Change: The Paris Agreement

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Take climate policy from the UK business department.

posted by on 6th Jul 2020

Here is one of my submissions to the Labour Party Policy Forum. It argues that climate policy should be taken from BEIS and a new Department of Climate Change should take over this brief.

Climate Change and The Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy


Part 1: The Recent history of UK climate change policy

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Methane emissions and the Committee on Climate Change

posted by on 30th Jun 2020
Persuading the Committee on Climate Change to quickly reduce methane emissions

I admire the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) and welcome their recent report to Parliament. However, I read the report with the knowledge that the CCC is sponsored by the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). I think that BEIS values business interests over climate climate change. (I have made a submission to the Labour Party Policy Forum, Climate Change and BEIS.)

BEIS also appoint the members of the CCC.

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Let’s think of a plan for Labour to split

posted by on 28th Apr 2020

First published on 15thMarch 2017.

Seems relevant once again.

I’ve been a Labour Party member since 1964. Never liked “the Party” much but have liked many fellow members. I still pay my dues because the alternatives are worse.

What abut a split?

Then both sides won’t be so dogged by the sins of the past. Like …

  • Blair’s academy schools
  • Browns PFIs
  • Milliband’s failure to oppose Universal Credit that is impoverishing section of the poor. (Labour Party Lord: ” They knew. As useful as chocolate teapots”)
  • Limp action on climate change. (Blair sacked Michael Meacher remember.)

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Cars to drive or a planet to live in? A numerical assessment.

posted by on 20th Apr 2020

A numerical assessment – Cars to drive or a planet to live in?

The House of Commons Science and Technology Committee reported:

In the long-term, widespread personal vehicle ownership does not appear to be compatible with significant decarbonisation.

Was the committee correct?

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An example of properly low carbon housing

posted by on 29th Mar 2020

Re-posted from (May 2018)

Cheap, neighbourly and doesn’t screw the world up
Wooden prefabs with market gardens

Written for a housing policy forum – part 16

We need housing that is cheap, neighbourly and doesn’t screw the world up. (Taking a suggestion from the word ‘green’ will be used in place of “doesn’t screw the world up”.) Here is a summary of housing-related issues from earlier posts:

Issue 1. No high buildings.

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The York Local Plan: Climate Change

posted by on 16th Feb 2020

The York Local Plan: Climate Change

Submission to the Public Inquiry on the 2018 York Local Plan

Geoff Beacon, July 2019


Climate change

In September 2018, the Secretary General of the United Nations, António Guterres, delivered a warning [1]:

Dear friends of planet Earth,

Thank you for coming to the UN Headquarters today.
I have asked you here to sound the alarm.

Climate change is the defining issue of our time – and we are at a defining moment.

We face a direct existential threat.

Climate change is moving faster than we are – and its speed has provoked a sonic boom SOS across our world.

If we do not change course by 2020, we risk missing the point where we can avoid runaway climate change, with disastrous consequences for people and all the natural systems that sustain us.

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The York Local Plan: Exiling the poor

posted by on 24th Jan 2020

The York Local Plan: Exiling the poor


Submission to the Public Inquiry on the 2018 York Local Plan

Geoff Beacon, July 2019

2.5 To ensure a continuous supply of housing opportunities throughout the plan period sustainable sites should be brought forward. By the end of the plan period sufficient sites will have been identified for viable and deliverable housing sites with good access to services and public transport to meet the housing needs of the current population and the future population linked to the city’s economic growth ambitions. This will require the provision of sufficient land for 867 790 dwellings per annum and will include substantial areas of land for ‘garden village’ development delivering exemplar new sustainable communities at Land West of Wigginton Road, Land East of Metcalfe Lane and Land West of Elvington Lane, along with major sustainable urban extensions such as British Sugar and York Central. In addition, the plan will optimise the delivery of affordable housing to meet identified need subject to not compromising viability of development sites; and address the needs of specific groups.

PM3 – Explanation of City of York Housing Needs
City of York Local Plan Proposed Modifications (June 2019)


The value of planning permission

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Silenced at the York Local Plan Inquiry

posted by on 17th Dec 2019
At the last moment, I was told I could not speak.


On Tuesday I attended a hearing of the York Local Plan Inquiry. I had a seat with my name on the table in front of it. I had been given a place at the first session to talk about climate change. I arrived in the morning ready to point to the effects the Local Plan would have on the climate emergency. I sat through the morning session waiting for the Inspectors’ topic on climate change.

1.8 Does the Plan include policies designed to secure that the development and use of land in the local planning authority’s area contribute to the mitigation of, and adaptation to, climate change?

I was informed in the lunch break that I would not be able to speak. Apparently, in my submissions, I had not addressed the relevant questions properly. Irritated and a bit emotional, I left the Inquiry. I can be seen on the video of the session mouthing “I’ve been banned”.

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A sustainable prize winner? Goldsmith Street

posted by on 25th Oct 2019


“There is a theme running through all this: sustainability.
What’s the best way to be gentle on the planet?”

David Sillito, BBC Newsnight, reporting on the
2019 Stirling Prize from the Royal Institute of British Architects.

The winning entry of the 2019 Stirling Prize is a council housing development in Norwich, Goldsmith Street. The site is a mile from the centre of Norwich.

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