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Prime Minister Theresa May announced on 12th June 2019 that the UK will introduce legislation to "eradicate its net contribution to climate change by 2050

The UK’s current long-term emissions target is to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases by at least 80 per cent by 2050 relative to 1990 levels. Number 10 said the move is based on advice from independent advisory body the Committee on Climate Change (CCC). In a report last month, the CCC said the target was possible, but would require "evolution" of the planning system.

 Launching the new target, May said: "This country led the world in innovation during the Industrial Revolution, and now we must lead the world to a cleaner, greener form of growth.

 Standing by is not an option. Reaching net zero by 2050 is an ambitious target, but it is crucial that we achieve it to ensure we protect our planet for future generations."

 Reacting to the announcement, Ben Smith, energy and climate change director at engineering and planning consultancy Arup, said: "The high-level message throughout the CCC report is generally consistent - we understand the risks, we know what needs to be done but we need to get on and do it. If you look at the sectors the report covers, they include energy, transport, buildings and land-use, so of course planners will have an important role in delivering the net zero target.  They will be important to set the vision at local and development scale, to design policy and also in capacity building and tools development." 

 Julie Hirigoyen, chief executive at the UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) said that the built environment contains some of the biggest opportunities to slash emissions. She said: "We must accelerate action in all areas including improving the efficiency of our ageing building stock, and overcoming the challenge of decarbonising heat. To do this, we need to see both policy and industry leadership to ensure the built environment is at the vanguard of emissions reductions. There is no time to lose, now is the time to act."

 Also reacting, CCC chairman Lord Deben said: "This is just the first step. The target must now be reinforced by credible UK policies, across government, inspiring a strong response from business, industry and society as a whole."

 Campaign group Friends of the Earth's chief executive Craig Bennett welcomed the announcement but said it did not go far enough to address climate change. He said: "2050 is still too slow to address catastrophic climate change, the UK can and must go faster. The next prime minister must legislate to end our contribution to climate breakdown earlier, put carbon-cutting at the centre of policy-making and pull the plug on plans for more roads, runways and fracking.

 

"Our very own deputy chief executive of the National Office of  the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE), Tom Fyans, said: “The government’s commitment to net zero is a bold and necessary step forward in tackling the climate emergency. The longer we leave it to take action on climate breakdown, the more difficult and expensive that task will then become. We therefore urge the government to be even more ambitious with its target, aiming for net-zero by 2045. Now that this target has been set, the government must back it up by introducing policies that ensure that it delivers on its commitments. We need to see policies and funding that guarantees better land use, increases tree and hedgerow planting and reverses the degradation of our soils so that we can drive carbon back into the ground. Many solutions to this crisis lie in restoring our natural world. While the countryside may be on the front line against climate change, it can also provide the solutions that we so desperately need.”

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City of York Council consults on cutting housing target in proposed local plan changes

10 June 2019 by Colin Marrs in Planning Resources

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Friday, 17 May 2019 11:31

You did not act on time!!!

Schoolgirl environmental activist tells MPs that UK planning decisions have been 'absurd'

24 April 2019 by Colin Marrs in Planning Resources

Swedish schoolgirl environmental campaigner Greta Thunberg has attacked UK planning policies and decisions during a speech to MPs yesterday (23rd April)

 

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Twinkle Twinkle Little Star (s)
It's time to count the stars!

We've been gazing at the stars since time began, we've worshipped them, we used them to navigate and we've been inspired by them

From Shakespeare to Coldplay - the stars have inspired.

To see the stars, we need dark skies.
Dark skies can be degraded by light pollution.
We need dark skies - we need night and day!
Natures natural rhythm depends on night skies - for migration, for feeding and for reproduction
As dark skies mark the difference between night and day, they also mark the difference between urban and rural landscapes.

We are so very lucky in North Yorkshire to have some of the darkest skies in the country. Right now CPRE are running the annual star count. 

Wrap up warm, get outside and count the stars 
our national web site will show you how ....
Anyone can do it, any where.
Take a good long look at the skies above - the views are so, so beautiful on a clear night.

Take part in CPRE's annual star count and help us map the dark sky areas of England.
We use Star Count to gather evidence about how light pollution affects views of the night skies and help support our work to tackle excessive or unnecessary lighting.

When you wish up on a star ...... 
Take part in the Cosmic census!

https://www.cpre.org.uk/…/countr…/dark-skies/star-count-2019

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Thursday, 13 December 2018 19:19

Why I love North Yorkshire.

And finally here is the very last entry in this years children’s writing competition.
It’s from Helmsley CP School and is un named.
The brief was Why I love North Yorkshire.
This gets the Chair’s special  mention for artistic interpretation 
 
To all our children who’ve entered the first of our annual writing competitions, WELL DONE ALL OF YOU!
Thank you for entering our competition and making it so very special.
We’ll tell you who the winners are in January and will publish information on this site.
 
You love North Yorkshire and we love you for entering (we also love North Yorkshire of course)
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Thursday, 13 December 2018 19:15

White horses on the sea and the land!

White horses on the sea and the land!
A un-named entry from Helsmely CP School.
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North Yorkshire is a wonderful place for all the seasons. By Erami from Helmsley CP School. 

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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to travel on the colossal, colorful North Yorkshire Moors?  By Annabel B

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Thursday, 13 December 2018 18:48

Come now and you’ll say WOW!

Come now and you’ll say WOW! by Nyima 

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North Yorkshire is an amazing place to live.  There is loads of places to visit and to have fun!

By Kayley in Helmsley CP School. 

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