Speech: 13 years since Kyoto and the UK is still leading the charge to a low carbon future

first_imgThis article first appeared in The Times Red Box section. Cast your mind back 13 years to 2005. The world was a very different place. The phrase ‘climate change’ was not exactly a buzzword and yet an extraordinary moment occurred. A groundswell of momentum across the globe brought the Kyoto Protocol into force, a pivotal agreement committing more countries than ever to internationally binding targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.Last week the impact of climate change on sports was in the headlines. Climate change affects us all – and if it takes melting ski slopes and waterlogged cricket pitches to get people’s attention, then so be it.Momentum on climate action is accelerating with the UK in the driving seat. Climate change is no longer just a phrase used by environmentalists and scientists, it forms part of our everyday narrative. This is the moment not only for global efforts to reduce our CO2 output, but also for the growth of green industries and for international climate collaboration.Climate change crosses party political lines and doesn’t respect borders. That cross-party support for climate action and UK leadership was demonstrated in 2008 with the introduction of the historic Climate Change Act, setting an ambitious legally-binding target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 80% of 1990 levels by 2050.But it was the Kyoto Protocol that truly kickstarted international action in 2005. When world leaders signed up to the charter, it signalled a sea change. Left unchecked, climate change would ravage our natural environment and, along with it, our health and prosperity.Fast forward 10 years and in 2015 the UK was instrumental in securing the Paris Agreement, committing 175 countries to protect the world from catastrophic warming.Three years ago in Paris, the UK and other developed countries committed a joint contribution of $100 billion to help the poorest and most vulnerable people in the world cope with the increasing risk of droughts and floods and provide access to clean energy. We should be proud that the UK is regarded so highly for its climate action overseas as well as at home.I’m proud that we have got our own house in order. In 2011, the government slashed emissions from 3,000 buildings across Whitehall by nearly 14% in a single year.It is not only a moral imperative that we leave the world in a better place for future generations, there is an economic argument for tackling climate change. The UK has shown that reducing emissions and growing the economy can, and should, go hand in hand. Since 1990 our national carbon emissions have fallen even more and our national income has risen faster than any other nation in the G7.The shift to clean energy presents a multibillion-pound investment opportunity for businesses. Our low-carbon sector already directly employs more than 200,000 people. We are clear: through our ambitious industrial strategy the UK is ready to embrace the economic opportunities presented by the transition to a low-carbon economy.And there’s more good news. Latest figures indicate that more than half of our electricity generation in 2017 came from low-carbon sources such as wind, nuclear and solar. Just 5 years ago, dirty coal power accounted for 40% of our electricity – this figure is now 7%. The government has driven this change, investing more than £52 billion in renewable energy since 2010 and committing to phasing out unabated coal power by 2025. We now have the biggest installed offshore wind capacity in the world, and the cost of offshore wind is constantly falling thanks to government support.On the international stage the UK is leading the charge for clean, green energy. In November the Canadian environment minister, Catherine McKenna, and I launched the Powering Past Coal Alliance, a global coalition of countries, businesses and cities committed to ending unabated coal power. Coal is the dirtiest fossil fuel, emitting twice as much CO2 as gas per unit of electricity generated. Phasing out coal will not only reduce pollution and carbon emissions, it will improve our health.Our action at home and abroad is delivering real results and we are on track to meet or over-deliver against our first 3 carbon budgets. We have come a long way in the last 13 years, but we cannot step off the pedal now. Ambitious climate action must continue, with the UK leading the way to a low-carbon future.last_img read more

CUNA seeks credit union participants for Phase 2 of important regulatory cost study

first_imgCUNA announced today that it is launching the second phase of its study, together with Cornerstone Advisors, of the costs of regulatory burdens credit unions face.The assessment is intended to give CUNA an accurate dollar figure for compliance costs that will be used to advance regulatory relief in the legislative and regulatory arenas.“The goal of the study is to develop a rigorous estimate of the total costs of regulatory burden,” said CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle. “We believe this first-ever complete and rigorous catalogue of regulatory costs will be a vital tool in rolling back regulatory burden.”Phase I of the study was a deep-dive look at three credit unions of different sizes.Phase II is based on what CUNA and Cornerstone Advisors learned in the first phase, and will gather information about increased expenses, lost revenue and lost productivity across all areas of the credit union. The detailed information required will likely take an investment of up to two business days to gather the data and complete the survey. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Welcome to one of the quirkiest houses on Mermaid Beach

first_imgWelcome to the quirky Mermaid Beach pad at 16 Petrel Ave A SUPER quirky house with squid tentacle sculptures, backyard mirrors and a suspended stairwell has sold for $1.55 million.The colourful contemporary house at 16 Petrel Ave, Mermaid Beach is described as a work of art by Michael Mahon and Eoghan Murphy from M-Motion. The house oozes character“I have counted that it is exactly 27 steps to my favourite coffee shop,” the father-of-three said.“It is the convenience that drew us to this place but the home has an incredible retro beach vibe.“Once you step outside the gate you realise how busy it all is, you have the beach on one side and Nobby’s on the other.“The home is a private sanctuary in the middle of it all.”The house has light and bright interiors with floor to ceiling windows. The house is an artwork in itself according to Michael Mahon and Eoghan Murphy from M-MotionMore from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North4 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day agoFor homeowner Paul Collis, it was a private sanctuary that oozed character.“I think this unique design really stands out,” Mr Collis said.“There is something really quirky about it and I haven’t seen this type of design anywhere else on the Gold Coast.“I’m not a great big fan of Gold Coast homes but this one has character.”The home is filled with artwork and sculptures which Mr Collis bought from the local Gallery One. The courtyard is covered in a wall of mirrors “It has a number of enticing zones to entertain or unwind in,” Mr Mahon said.“Choose to retreat to the sanctuary of your lounge room, host family and friends in your open plan living and dining with its courtyard views, or embrace indoor-outdoor living with the stackable glass bi-fold doors.” Light, bright and breezyTimber stairs and floors combine with floor-to-ceiling glass walls and louvres to create a seamless integration between the inside and outside.Colourful contemporary interiors bring the layout to life while raked ceilings add to the ambience.The owner of mortgage broker service Blue Coast Finance said the retro beach vibe drew he and his family to the house. last_img read more

Whitwell wires Corona Kicker foes at Southern Oklahoma

first_imgFeature Results Kyle Robinson started 14th and finished second. Butler, Chase Vineyard and 21st starting Tyler Bragg rounded out the top five. “I got a good draw and got out to a good lead early,” he said. “Dean showed me his now with five or six to go. I moved down and held him off.” Dean Abbey regained the lead following a late restart and went on to win the Saturday Corona Kicker feature for Smiley’s Racing Products Southern SportMods. (Photo by Jordana Keel) Modifieds – 1. R.C. Whitwell; 2. Ethan Braaksma; 3. Matt Guillaume; 4. Josh McGaha; 5. Chris Elliott; 6. Jeff Taylor; 7. Ken Schrader; 8. Chris Bragg; 9. Mike Hansen; 10. Glen Hibbard; 11. Jon White Jr.; 12. Kelsie Foley; 13. Ashton Wilkey; 14. Jeffrey Abbey; 15. Wesley Veal; 16. Travis Mosley; 17.  Larry Adams; 18. Josh Cain; 19. Tyler Stevens; 20. P.J. Egbert; 21. Justin White­head; 22. Mark Adams; 23. Curtis Allen; 24. Tanner Blac  And after leading start to finish of the main event at Southern Oklahoma Speedway, the Tucson, Ariz., driver collected a $1,250 check for his latest Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifying vic­tory.  More than 140 IMCA drivers ran at Ardmore with Saturday wins going to Jeffrey Abbey in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and Dean Abbey in the Smiley’s Racing Products Southern SportMods. R.C. Whitwell led every lap in winning Friday’s Corona Kicker feature for IMCA Modifieds at South­ern Oklahoma Speedway. (Photo by Jordana Keel) Jeffrey Abbey, a former Modified track champion at Ardmore, was back on the track for the first time in most of two months and held off his older brother in getting the Stock Car win. William Gould, the 19th starting Guillaume and Ryan Powers were next across the stripe.  ARDMORE, Okla. (May 1-2) – After winning his heat race, R.C. Whitwell knew he’d be going into Friday’s Corona Kicker IMCA Modified feature with a fast car. center_img “The car was pretty decent in the heat race handling-wise. We didn’t make any changes for the feature,” said Whitwell, who’d made just two previous starts at Southern Oklahoma, in 2017 and last year. “Our setup was good, we had a fast car and it ended up working pretty good for us.”  And Dean Abbey got the lead back from Tate Butler after a restart after running second most of the 20-lap feature for the Southern SportMods, which also saw 50-plus entries. “It was a good feeling to get back to racing,” said Abbey, who plans to be a regular at Ardmore this season. “It was good to get back to a little normalcy.”  Matt Guillaume, Josh McGaha and Chris Elliott completed the top five. Hard charger Jeff Taylor started 16th and ended in sixth. Fifty-six Modifieds contested at the opening night show in Ardmore and nine states were repre­sented in the evening’s headline event. Pole starter Whitwell ran the bottom most of the 20-lapper, go­ing to the top in the second set of turns to work through lapped traffic and outrunning Ethan Braaksma to the checkers.  Stock Cars – 1. Jeffrey Abbey; 2. Dean Abbey; 3. William Gould; 4. Matt Guillaume; 5. Ryan Pow­ers; 6. Tommy Fain; 7. Dennis Bissonnette; 8. Cary White; 9. A.J. Dancer; 10. Aaron bene­dict; 11. Dustin White; 12. Todd Decker; 13. Rob Moseley; 14. Jeramey Bradley; 15. Kenny Mer­ritt; 16. Sam Spadaro Jr.; 17. John Hobbs; 18. Troy Burkhart; 19. Marcus Hahn; 20. Shelby Wil­liams; 21. Erik Miles; 22. Bobby Miller; 23. Jason Batt; 24. Landon Mattox. Saturday Corona Kicker checkers flew for IMCA Sunoco Stock Car winner Jeffrey Abbey. (Photo by Jordana Keel) Southern SportMods – 1. Dean Abbey; 2. Kyle Robinson; 3. Tate Butler; 4. Chase Vineyard; 5. Tyler Bragg; 6. Matthew Day; 7. Kaden Honeycutt; 8. Blaine Shives; 9. Tommy Dove; 10. Trevor Foley; 11. Casey Brunson; 12. Ryan Thomas; 13. Matt Beasley; 14. Cullen Hill; 15. Shawn Gra­ham; 16. Zack Oliva; 17. Trey Willoughby; 18. Austin Bonner; 19. Justin Cox; 20. Brandon Wat­son; 21. Jared Baird; 22. Shelby Williams; 23. Tyler Honeywell; 24. Chase Raymond.last_img read more

DRIVER LEFT ALL AT SEA AFTER GETTING STRANDED ON BEACH

first_imgA motorist had a lucky escape after their vehicle was almost swept out to sea after getting stuck on the popular Rossnowlagh beach earlier this afternoon.The motorist from Northern Ireland was caught out by the volatile tides on Rossnowlagh which is has now become a notorious hazard for drivers who park on the beach.Over the last number of years other drivers have been left stuck on the beach and locals have appealed for visitors to stop parking on the beach to alleviate the on-going issue. However, the tide coming in quickly wasn’t the issue today unlike in previous years.The engine of the VW car cut out and the motorist couldn’t get it started.As the tide moved in the motorist was helped by locals who battled tirelessly to get the car off the strand.Eventually the community effort ensured the vehicle got off the beach before it was swallowed by the waves. At one stage the Sligo 118 Rescue chopper swooped overhead as the rescue operation took place.Thankfully the car was removed in time and a releived motorist admitted they’ll think twice about parking on  a beach from now on.DRIVER LEFT ALL AT SEA AFTER GETTING STRANDED ON BEACH was last modified: April 8th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:FeaturesMotoristnewsrossnowlagh beachStrandedvehiclelast_img read more