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Landmark ruling in climate case initiated by children and young people

The European court of human rights (ECHR) has ordered 33 European countries to respond to a climate change lawsuit filed by six Portuguese youths, in a landmark ruling. The case, filed against the 27 EU member states plus Norway, Russia, Turkey, Ukraine, Switzerland and the United Kingdom, relates to how governments contribute to global CO2 emissions […]

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Vice President Community calls for university action to reduce flight carbon emissions

The Vice President Community, Rosheen Wallace, has published an open letter to the University of Edinburgh calling for a reduction in carbon emissions resulting from air travel. “We, the students of Edinburgh University, are writing to you to demand rapid action to tackle the University’s carbon emissions resulting from air travel.”, the letter begins. “In […]

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The road to eco-friendly cities: could our streets be car-free?

Have you ever noticed how much space in city is taken up by cars? The precise numbers are difficult to calculate, but according to some estimates, in US cities like Houston and Dallas car parking can take up as much as 70% of urban land. Now let’s try to imagine that space taken over by […]

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Aviation is not the enemy

When it comes to climate change, aviation, as an industry, is not the problem. Aviation produces just 2% of all human CO2 emissions and when compared within the transport sector, aviation produces just 12% of all transportation CO2 emissions, versus 74% for road vehicles. The predicament facing aviation however is that, in the public eye, […]

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UK hosting COP26 requires further commitment from government

In one year’s time, the COP26 climate summit, sponsored by the UN and including a collection of over 30,000 delegates, will be coming to Glasgow. In 11 years, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), we will have reached the point of no return in carbon emissions and our treatment of the planet. […]