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

Augusta National says next month’s Masters golf tournament is postponed

first_img March 13, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditAUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Augusta National says next month’s Masters golf tournament is postponed.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Associated Press center_img Augusta National says next month’s Masters golf tournament is postponedlast_img

Trojans return home to host LMU Lions

first_imgFollowing an impressive road victory over the New Mexico Lobos, the USC men’s basketball team looks to continue its winning ways as it hosts the Loyola Marymount Lions on Wednesday night.Double-double · Redshirt sophomore forward Darion Clark posted 12 points and 11 rebounds in USC’s win over New Mexico last weekend. – Brian Ji | Daily TrojanThe Trojans (4-3) won their first true road win of the season on Sunday when they beat the Lobos, 66-54. This was their first game on an opponent’s court after playing three games at home and an additional three at a neutral site.Redshirt sophomore forward Darion Clark led the team to the win at The Pit with 12 points and 11 rebounds while sophomore forward Nikola Jovanovic added 10 points and a career-high 16 rebounds for the Trojans.“I thought Darion Clark really set the tone with 12 points, 11 rebounds,” USC head coach Andy Enfield after the game. “Nikola [Jovanovic] got into it and was rebounding at a high level.”Much of the victory could be attributed to the fact that USC held New Mexico’s senior guard Hugh Greenwood to a scoreless performance. Greenwood came into the matchup averaging 13 points per game, but the Trojans limited him to 0-for-11 shooting, including a dismal 0-for-9 from beyond the arc. New Mexico was led by forward Devon Williams, who had a career-high 15 points and a career-high 10 rebounds.Freshman point guard Jordan McLaughlin, who is leading the team in scoring this season,  scored only eight points in the win, but he showed off his passing ability with seven assists, which led the team. And while redshirt sophomore guard Katin Reinhardt was scoreless in the game, he did defend Greenwood for the majority of the contest, forcing him to take tough shots and go scoreless as well.“Greenwood is such an excellent offensive player. We knew it would be tough but we never imagined we would hold him scoreless,” Enfield said. “That’s just a testament to how well we played defensively.”The Trojans will look to improve their shooting percentage against LMU: they shot only 38.3 percent from the floor against New Mexico including only 23.5 percent from deep. Though the Trojans did not have a good shooting performance, their defense was able to hold New Mexico to 32.7 percent from the field and only 12.5 percent from three. They will also try to keep their turnovers down as they did on Sunday, only committing nine; turnovers were a problem for this young team earlier in the season.The Lions will enter the game with a 3-3 record, having recently lost to UC Irvine on Saturday. LMU is led by guard Evan Payne, who has scored 20 points in five of the Lions’ six games, including 23 against Irvine.LMU has 11 newcomers on its roster and will rely on its three seniors to lead an inexperienced group. Forward Godwin Okonji and guard Ayodeji Egbeyemi are playing in their fifth seasons after having to sit out last year due to injuries. The third senior on the team, guard Chase Flint, will also look to use his experience to lead a group that includes only three players who played significant minutes for the Lions last season: Flint, Payne and forward Marin Mornar.The Trojans will try to improve to 5-3 on the year as they look to get their fourth win in a row. The game will tip off at 7 p.m. at the Galen Center. USC is 2-1 at home and LMU is 0-1 on the road, only having lost to Arizona State.last_img read more

Australia and New Zealand best wine tours in the world

first_imgAustralia and New Zealand best wine tours in the worldTripAdvisor®, the travel planning and booking site, treats wine lovers worldwide by unveiling the best rated wine tours not only across the world but across Australia and New Zealand, according to travellers on TripAdvisor. Between Yarra Valley and the beautiful west coast of Auckland to tranquil Californian and Tuscan vineyards, these wine tasting tours will make your trip unforgettable.“It’s no surprise Australia and New Zealand feature highly in the top 10 best rated wine tours worldwide with our spectacular scenery and ideal climate,” commented Joanne Kershaw, TripAdvisor spokesperson. “Combining travel with great wine and local produce is a great way to explore a new destination. There’s no shortage of choice when it comes to researching Wine Tours on TripAdvisor and you can book in advance to ensure you don’t miss out!”Wine tours: Australia and New Zealand conquer the World Top 10!Australian and New Zealand wine tours are being recognised across the globe hosting two positons in the World Top 10: Vinetrekker Wine and Food Tours, Melbourne in 4th and Bubbly Grape Wine Tours, Blenheim in 7th. Australia and New Zealand wineries are making waves amongst US and European counterparts.To the discovery of Australian and New Zealand winesNo. 1 across Australia and New Zealand is Vinetrekker Wine and Food Tours, Melbourne showcasing the delights of the sought after Yarra Valley! The top 10 list also includes other renowned wine regions including Hunter Valley and Marlborough, but also the likes of Margaret River, where delicious local produce is also being recognised by travellers. Across the list, all regions can boast wine tasting proposals that are appreciated by travellers world-wide.“We’re thrilled to be acknowledged as the number one TripAdvisor Wine Tour operator throughout Australia and New Zealand and number four on the world list!” said winner Vinetrekker’s Tour Director, Paul Robinson. “It’s a great reward for the Vinetrekker team and all our suppliers. To be recognised in this way confirms for us that we need to continue to offer a product that doesn’t compromise on quality.”If you are looking for the perfect wine get-away, here is a rundown of Australia and New Zealand’s best wine tours and for those trips abroad, check out the top 10 world list!1. Vinetrekker Wine and Food Tours – MelbourneWith a combined total of 80+ years of wine-touring experience, Vinetrekker offers a variety of different food and wine tours, suitable for any traveller. The Yarra Valley Food and Wine Day Trip includes travelling to a variety of vineyards, whilst being transported through beautiful scenic routes of Melbourne.TripAdvisor Review Comment: “We had a wonderful day roaming around the Yarra Valley. Our guide, Stephen, was an absolute delight and we had an absolute ball. If you’re looking for a great day trip, I couldn’t recommend this more”.2. Bubbly Grape Wine Tours – BlenheimLocated in the beautiful Marlborough region of New Zealand, Bubbly Grape offers wine tours that highlight the Marlborough region. Each tour recognises and highlights how the local wines of the region are produced and showcases why they are recognised globally.TripAdvisor Review Comment: “The wineries and the wines were great and the tour guide was not only knowledgeable in relation to the wines but also other little niche businesses along the journey. A great experience in an area that grows and makes exceptional wines”.3. McLeod Tours – Margaret RiverMcLeod Tours highlights the remarkable natural surrounds of the Margaret River region, whilst also showcasing the delicious local produce that the region has to offer. With 30 years’ experience in the touring business, the family business will have you feeling like a local after you leave.TripAdvisor Review Comment: “Definitely the best wine Tour Company in the Margaret River region. Sharing lots of local knowledge and shown a great respect from each winery we visited, the McLeod family are the nicest people you could ever meet. A tour not to be missed! In fact we have taken friends & family on 7 occasions!”4. NZWINEPRO – Auckland Wine Tours – AucklandNZ Wine Pro Auckland Wine Tours visit a variety of scenic vineyards located in the West Auckland regions as well as Matakana and Waiheke Island. Each tour is amended specifically to the location, highlighting the scenery, the location and the wines on offer.TripAdvisor Review Comment: “By far one our favorite adventures in Auckland! My husband and I took a private coast to coast tour. We saw so many sites that we would have never seen! Our tour guide John was extremely knowledgeable and has a great persona. We would gladly recommend this tour to anyone visiting”.5. Highlight Wine Tours – BlenheimA locally owned wine tour that highlights the Marlborough wine region. Highlight Wine Tours offers a wealth of local knowledge and experience, whilst taking travellers around to sample some of the best Marlborough wines available. Treat yourself to a Classic Mustang Tour, cruising around wineries in an Iconic 1960’s American Classic.TripAdvisor Review Comment: “My wife and I do a lot of cruising and, when visiting wine producing parts of the world, we always endeavour to arrange wine tours. The Highlights Wine Tour, which picked us up at the port in Picton, was, without exception, the best wine tour we have ever taken”.6. Auckland Wine Trail Tours – AucklandAuckland Wine Trail tours specialise in personalised day and half day scenic wine tours that are 100% New Zealand owned and operated. Most of the tours highlight the beautiful West Coast of Auckland, showcasing hand-picked and exclusive to the cellar door wines.TripAdvisor Review Comment: “We had a great day with John on the Wine and waterfalls tour. The tour was very relaxed, informative and varied as we travelled around Auckland. John was flexible, allowing us plenty of time to enjoy the beautiful scenery. The drive was comfortable and the wineries we visited were amazing”.7. Yarra Valley Wine Tasting Tours – MelbourneYarra Valley Wine Tasting Tours specialises in small personal wine and food tours to the Yarra Valley wine region. The day trip not only stops off at local wineries, but also includes a visit to Yarra Valley Dairy where travellers get the chance to taste an assortment of hand-made cheeses.TripAdvisor Review Comment: “From the minute we stepped on the Coach to the minute we alighted at the end of the day, we experienced nothing but joy, elegance and a sense of being thoroughly looked after and spoilt. It will go down as being one of the most memorable and special things I have done in my life”.8. Kangarrific Tours – Hunter ValleyLocated in Australia’s oldest wine growing region, this tour is a must for any traveller searching for food, wine and history. Kangariffic Tours offers an itinerary like no other, with not only beautiful wine but also delicious food. Relax with your morning tea and watch as kangaroos and koalas graze past at the Walkabout Wildlife park stopover.TripAdvisor Review Comment: “We could not be happier with our choice to do this tour. Sam was incredibly knowledgeable, hilarious, and able to customize the tour to our group. Not only do you get A LOT of wine tastings but he sets up cheese, chocolate, and beer tastings to break it all up”.9. All Hunter Wine Tours – RothburyHunter Wine Tour consists of a full day tour that transports travellers around to visit 5 different boutique quality wineries as well as giving travellers the chance to try local gourmet cheese and chocolate.TripAdvisor Review Comment: “Michael was a great tour guide, friendly and wanted us to relax and enjoy our time. He took us to wineries that were boutique and private. Stunning views, wine, food and great company”.10. Zepher Tours – SydneyZepher Tours provides groups of friends with a variety of different tours located around the Hunter Valley. Packages can be tailored to suit individual needs and suit budgets, with each tour bringing great stories, music and wine.TripAdvisor Review Comment: “I highly recommend this tour to anyone, regardless of your wine preference and exposure to wine drinking. The variety, quantity of wine tasted, quality of lunch, fun thrills in the distillery and chocolate factory make your every cent worthwhile”.Best Wine tours: World1.    Squire Livery Tours – California, USA2.    Wine Tour in Tuscany – Siena, Italy3.    Santorini Wine Adventure Tours – Fira, Greece4.    Vinetrekker Wine and Food Tours – Victoria, Australia5.    Seattle Wine Tours – Washington, USA6.    Tuscan Wine Tours by Grape Tours – Florence, Italy7.    Bubbly Grape Wine Tours – Blenheim, New Zealand8.    Rustic Vines – Bordeaux, France9.    Cape Town Wine Tours – Milnerton, South Africa10. Trout & Wine Tours –  Mendoza, ArgentinaMethodology*All tours must have at least 20 reviews. Wine tours are filtered to only those in the Wine Tours & Tastings and Wineries & Vineyards attraction categories. Ranking is a combined score of average user rating and the total number of reviews, with more recent reviews given a higher weight. TripAdvisorSource = TripAdvisorlast_img read more