wild edges said:We hear a lot about climate emergency but details of what is being done are sadly thin on the ground right now.
wild edges said:
I'd assumed that 'emergency' would have meant freeing up budgets and powers for direct and immediate action on projects that were already on the cards or currently mothballed etc.
Thanks for sorting me out regarding different sorts of ragwort, @wild edges. I understand there are various hybrids of different species worldwide, which must make things more difficult...
Incidentally, @pansyface , I understand common ragwort to be a British native plant...
It's not a simple question to answer, "what does Zero Carbon mean?". Add in biodiversity issues like this one as well as air quality and climate change adaptation alongside budget constraints and the massive distraction that is taking up central government's entire focus, it's not surprising that the detail is taking time.
I can tell you that stuff is going on. Albeit currently behind the scenes
Now they have set a (sometimes random) NZC target of, say, 2030 perhaps. And they ask someone like the company I work with what they have to do to get to that target. We say, well don't buy anything new that isn't NZC is your first rule, because making something NZC later is always more costly than doing it at the outset. At which point panic sets in in the team buying the new school or care home or whatever and there's a long period of them staring at us like so many rabbits in the headlights.
There is almost no climate related question to which a satisfactory answer won't be "plant more trees". But other issues are much more difficult. Offsetting is the big argument a lot of the time.
If you've read the CCC report on zero 2050 - which is generally excellent as a framework - you'll know where it's heading. The difficulty seems to be to get from (perfectly sincere) 'we really want to do this' to 'actually I need to do something different now, today, if we're to stand any chance'.
Which I think is what today's strike activists are trying to say.
Being uneasy about conflicting information on ragwort toxicity, I found this site, which makes for interesting reading: