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Bristol and the Climate Crisis

The climate emergency and environmental crisis are defining issues of our time.

But how are these global issues playing out in our city, and what impacts might the actions we take here be having around the world? We want to confront these questions head on: despair and inaction will only make problems worse.

We will be investing more in reporting on the climate crisis: what it means for people living in Bristol, and what we can do about it. We’ll aim to connect the dots between what can sometimes feel like a distant threat, but is closely linked to local health, equality, economy and other issues playing out on a local level.

Image of a barn at Perrinpit Farm, Frampton Cotterell, which would become a bat house (Image: Perrinpit Road Solar Ltd/Savills)

Reports

Huge solar farm on green belt near Frampton Cotterell set for green light this week

Vast site on farmland just north of Bristol could power almost 15,000 homes, according to developers.

Bristol Airport expansion case highlights loopholes in national climate policy, say campaigners

‘Nobody was talking to people in the Mosque about climate change’

Reports

‘It’s what God is asking of me’: Bristol reverend, 80, will risk arrest again to raise awareness of climate crisis

Supporters cheered as Reverend Sue Parfitt had a conviction overturned by a judge.

Bristol and the Climate Crisis

Locked out of nature: Making Bristol’s parks accessible to Disabled people

Reports

Leading scientist: How climate change is already hitting Europe and how we need to adapt

The chemistry detectives tracking down illegal emissions

Five years ago, Bristol scientists discovered illegal ozone-destroying pollution on the other side of the world. Their findings prompted action – but they say the climate crisis demands better atmospheric monitoring.

City Leap: a billion pound leap of faith towards net zero?

The ambitious plan for private sector investment in cutting carbon was recently delayed again. After the recent Bristol Energy fiasco, City Leap is set to come under even greater scrutiny.

City Leap launch delayed again

A £1billion venture to speed up Bristol’s decarbonisation has been delayed by a few more months, pushing the total cost of the project to council...

Could a camera developed in Bristol that can ‘see’ methane leaks offer a path to curbing industrial greenhouse gas emissions?

UN scientists argue that cutting methane offers the fastest, most effective way to reduce the rate of global temperature rises.

PHOTOESSAY: Protestors demand action on climate crisis

With negotiations ongoing at the COP26 climate summit, Bristolians took to the streets on Saturday to march for a greener future.

Andreas Malm: ‘Why climate activists should engage in acts of sabotage’

Environmental protesters need to rethink their tactics, argues a Swedish scholar of human ecology who came to Bristol this week.

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