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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.

Bristol and the Climate Crisis

Adblock Bristol demands a ban on fossil fuel advertising

Campaigners are determined that Bristol follows in the footsteps of other councils by ridding the streets of high carbon advertising.

‘Bristol must take urgent action on alarming lack of diversity in climate change decision-making'

'Don’t let them tell you protecting urban trees isn’t essential for a sustainable and liveable Bristol'

Bristol and the Climate Crisis

Watch: How a new approach to food production can make humans and the planet healthier

Farmer Humphrey Lloyd charts Bristol's food system, from its rich agricultural past to the carbon-heavy, supermarket-dominated picture of today.

Bristol and the Climate Crisis

West of England leaders vote to oppose Bristol Airport expansion, but Bristol abstains

Bristol and the Climate Crisis

Bristol has committed to tough green standards for new housing. But old homes are the biggest challenge.

'Airport expansion in an age of climate crisis is a moral decision. Anything else is greenwashing'

Steve Clarke, an anti-expansion campaigner, takes on the airport's arguments from the week when the inquiry focused on the climate crisis.

Watch: How will flooding affect Bristol?

The council is already drafting strategies to protect us from flooding caused by climate change – and we've taken a look at them.

‘My pension is being invested in the destruction of the Amazon rainforest. This can’t continue.'

A Bristol Cable member explains why she has taken part in recent Extinction Rebellion protests against the Avon Pension Fund investing in BlackRock.

‘Saving every tree is not the answer’

In recent years it seems there hasn’t been a single tree-felling in the city that hasn’t been met with some kind of outcry, regardless of how clearly the benefits outweigh the cost. We must confront this shortsightedness.

'It's still in our hands, but only just': Explainer special on Bristol and climate change

In this special edition of our weekly Bristol Briefing, climate scientists and local activists respond to the landmark IPCC report on climate change.

A toxic chemical is being sprayed in Bristol despite pledges, but progress is being made

That circle of dead grass or shrivelled weeds surrounding a bench in a park is probably caused by a weed killer at the centre of a long-running controversy.

How Bristol communities are building grassroots action to tackle climate change

Six community groups across the city are taking up the daunting challenge of how to inform local people about the climate crisis and how to reduce their carbon footprint.

What the ‘code red’ climate change report means for Bristol and beyond

The Cable speaks to a leading climate scientist from Bristol University on the alarming IPCC report and how to cut carbon emissions before it's too late.

West of England Mayor directed business that tried to profit from logging on rainforest island

The company had a shareholding in an offshore company with plans for logging in West Papua, but Norris says he wasn’t involved.

Watch: The Bristol NGO taking plastic pollution to Westminster

This month, the EU banned all single-use plastic while England’s legalisation falls woefully behind. But Bristol-based charity City To Sea is demanding change.

Watch: Final fight over Bristol Airport expansion begins

Amid council infighting and climate inaction, a public inquiry starts on the South West's biggest climate decision. Priyanka Raval speaks to activists and local politicians to try and untangle how the inquiry works and who is throwing their hat into the ring.

WECA scraps its climate plan: ‘Not ambitious enough’

Mayors and council leaders were expected to rubber-stamp a progress update at the meeting but instead dropped the plan altogether, deciding to write up a more ambitious one by September.

Watch: 10 ways Bristol can reach net zero carbon by 2030

Bristol was the first city council to announce a climate emergency, and at the same time pledged to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2030. But with fewer than 9 years to go and a mammoth task ahead, what are the key steps that will help the city reach its ambitious target?

Covid-19 has made us reconsider how much we will fly in future, research suggests

A frequent flyer tax, banning domestic flights, making trains cheaper with subsidies: how can we reduce flying to save the planet?

‘Disability can’t be forgotten in our tackling of the climate crisis’

Emma Geen from Bristol Disability Equality Forum writes about the importance of a ‘just transition’ and community climate action.

Climate impact of Bristol Airport expansion up to six times worse than claimed, says think tank

Research released today by think tank New Economics Foundation, (NEF) claims that the climate impact of Bristol Airport expansion could be up to six times...

Communicating climate change – what can we learn from Covid-19?

There’s a cartoon that’s done the rounds during the pandemic – Bristol Mayor Marvin Rees recently shared it himself – depicting three ocean waves, each...

Bristol students speak out about crushing ‘climate anxiety’

A survey conducted by student newspaper Epigram has revealed the impact of the climate crisis on students’ hopes and fears for the future.

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