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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.

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

Standing in for Bristol Mayor Marvin Rees was his deputy Craig Cheney, who did not contribute to the discussion and abstained from the vote.

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

A motion passed by Bristol councillors means new developments will have to adhere to strict power and energy standards, but it leaves existing homes in the cold.

'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.

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