Edition 24

Edition 24

From Russia with oil: Bristol’s Soviet spy saga

It may read like a John le Carré novel, but a Bristol Soviet spy story detailed in a bundle of security services documents was no work of fiction.

Revealed: The Bristolians 'ripped off' by second hand camper van seller

The working class academic fighting to overturn wrongful convictions

Edition 24

'Fossil fuelled public sector pensions reveal deep political faultlines on climate crisis action'

Over 100,000 local public-sector pensions are invested in firms that threaten our future. The reasons why are complex – but the situation is not compatible with Bristol’s zero-carbon pledges, says Adam Cantwell-Corn

Bristol and the Climate Crisis

Green shoots of hope: Climate solutions from around the globe

housing Bristol

Housing in Bristol under Marvin Rees

Bedminster’s East Street is changing, but who will benefit?

A cluster of high rises is being built on Bristol’s second-biggest high street. Opinion is split on whether the development will bring new life to the stricken area, or be the final nail in its coffin.

Covid-19’s fallout makes the 2021 census timely – can it reach the people it needs to in Bristol?

Amid a pandemic, it’s the right moment for a digital-first census. But overcoming some groups’ deep-rooted lack of trust in the authorities will be pivotal in mapping out how communities are faring in these difficult times, local community organisations warn.

Bristol's net zero carbon emissions deadline is only nine years away. How are we doing?

In November 2018 Bristol became the first UK local authority to declare a climate emergency, committing to reduce its net carbon output to zero by 2030. Since then there has been hot air – much of it well-intentioned – but too little meaningful action, says Jon Turney

The campaigners creating an environmental movement with social justice at its core

Air pollution disproportionately affects ethnic minorities and deprived communities, yet environmental movements tend to be predominantly white and middle class. We sit down with Olivia Sweeney, Black and Green ambassador, to ask what is being done about this in the city, and what are her hopes f...

The ‘senseless’ racist murder over a stolen bike

On a warm summer’s night, Mikhael Hanid was stabbed to death in a sleepy suburb of Weston-super-Mare. The Cable has followed the trial of accused cousins Samuel and Curtis Ford, finding out how local charity SARI supports victims of hate crime.

How plans to make Avonmouth a Brexit tax haven could open doors to crime

The government claims freeports – onshore free trade zones, one of which could be coming to Bristol port – can turbocharge Britain’s post-EU economy. Experts say they enable money laundering, tax-evasion and smuggling.

Parenting while Trans: Jacob's story

Jacob, a transmasculine dad, opens up about his experiences as a gestational parent.

Bristol will be charging drivers to tackle air pollution, but other changes are on the way too

Bristol's Clean Air Zone has finally been decided. We spoke to cabinet member for transport, Kye Dudd, speaks about air pollution, plans for Low Traffic Neighbourhoods, and doubling down on measures brought in at the start of the pandemic.

These furloughed pub staff are providing fresh food and hope to families in need

As a new study predicts that lockdowns will double destitution in the UK, we meet staff who are using their furlough to provide much-needed food to families in need.