Reducing Carbon Emissions at a Local Level

On the heels of the decision to approve fracking in Lancashire, which follows only shortly after the government’s decision to approve new nuclear energy production in the UK, it could well appear that environmental concerns will just have to take a second seat to energy concerns as we move forward to address the UK’s future energy needs. Well, perhaps there are other avenues to explore. What has not been given nearly enough attention is the potential for community level initiatives to re-evaluate both our energy usage and the power of local solutions. Have a look at this article for examples of solutions that are on a more human-scale.

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Thai public sustainability professionals have been among the many visitors to Ashton Hayes to learn from their Going Carbon Neutral project. Image from: positive.news

Paris Climate Change Talks End in Agreement Being Signed

French foreign minister and president-designate of COP21 Laurent Fabius (centre), raises hands with UN secretary general Ban Ki Moon and French president François Hollande. Photograph: Francois Guillot/AFP/Getty Images
French foreign minister and president-designate of COP21 Laurent Fabius (centre), raises hands with UN secretary general Ban Ki Moon and French president François Hollande. Photograph: Francois Guillot/AFP/Getty Images

The last of the Paris climate change talks took place on Saturday, in which ministers from 196 countries got together to debate the issue. Following hours of negotiations and compromises, at 7:16pm the French foreign minister, Laurent Fabius, announced that the agreement had finally been signed.

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