environment

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

Help shape our reporting on Bristol and the climate crisis

We can't tackle the climate crisis alone – as individuals, a single newspaper, city or country. We must act together. That's why we want you to join us in planning how we cover Bristol's role.

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 challenge and opportunity: The Cable's climate crisis special is out now

It won’t be available in as many places this time, for obvious reasons, but if you join for £3 a month, you will get the latest edition direct to your door!

New emergency fund to support people facing fuel poverty because of Covid-19

The Emergency Covid Winter Fund has been set up as fuel poverty charities deal with ‘unprecedented’ numbers of referrals.

The council are now opposed to Bristol Airport expansion despite previous support. But what does that mean for the plans?

A motion passed at last night’s council meeting commits Bristol City Council to opposing the Bristol Airport expansion and for the mayor to support any...

Bristol Water is trying to hike your bills and 'tip the scales in investors' favour'

If they are successful, it could open the door to price increases across the board.

Locals call for answers on fuel leak at St Pauls development site

Photos: Save the M32 Maples Developers have started to build 31 homes on the site of a former filling station in central Bristol from which...

Listen: Bristol Unpacked with David Goldblatt, on how sport can help save us from climate change

Local football clubs are gonna need gondolas to get supporters to flooded pitches and sports fans are untapped climate change champions, says the leading voice on sport and society.

Cars to be banned from parts of Bristol city centre in major boost for cycling and walking

The council plans include banning cars from Bristol Bridge and a section of Baldwin Street, as well as pedestrianising the Old City and widening pavements across Bristol.

'We need nature to help stem Bristol's flood risk'

As the effects of climate change become more severe, so too will Bristol’s flooding. And artificial barriers and walls aren't enough, writes Jake Chapman.

How to heat your home, save cash and the planet

Some basic measures can go a long way to tackling carbon emissions.

The Bristolian 17-year-old campaigning for racial justice in climate change movement

The Cable catches up with Mya-Rose Craig, the 17-year-old Bristolian activist, about sharing a stage with Greta and race equality in the environmental movement.

We asked: What needs solving in Bristol?

This issue is about solutions, so we asked the Cable’s 2,100 members what they most want to see solutions for. Here we explore some ideas for solutions to the biggest themes members raised: transport and housing. 

Councillors throw out airport expansion plans, but is this the end of the road?

North Somerset joins the ranks of Southampton and Stansted, whose local councillors also voted to reject airport expansion plans.

Defiant, weary, resigned - meet the locals living under the flight path

With the decision to expand Bristol Airport being announced later tonight, we ask the people most directly affected about how they feel ahead of the verdict.

'Plans for new roads threaten Bristol’s countryside and limit action on the climate crisis'

The Local Transport Plan seems caught between tackling the climate crisis and building roads to boost economic growth, writes Dr Steve Melia.

Residents slam 'serious flaw' in planning process in campaign to save threatened trees

Crucial questions remain unanswered in the ongoing fight to protect M32 Maples, including who owns the trees.

The challenge of pissing the right people off: inside Extinction Rebellion Bristol

Lots has been written about XR, with a mixture of admiration and irritation, hope for the future and concern about some of their methods. Here’s a look at how the Bristol branches work, and their plans for future actions.

Bristol Council votes to ban diesel cars from city centre

All privately owned diesel vehicles will be banned from the city centre between 7am and 3pm from March 2021.

‘If the water was killing hundreds of people every year, there would be an outcry’

Air pollution scientist Dr Gary Fuller on congestion charging, changing the conversation, and how we can protect ourselves.

'From climate to jobs, there is no justification for Bristol airport expansion'

The plans are based on dodgy data, argues Priyanka Raval

Opinion: Electric cars are not the answer

The popularity of electric cars looks set to increase, but they are no green panacea, argues Adam Reynolds.

Government piles pressure on mayor over dirty air

A Clean Air Zone that includes charging private cars must be considered, said Therese Coffey MP.