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General Election 2019 manifestos: final scores

Published on the Friends of the Earth website on the 7th December 2019
Story by Dave Timms

The final scores are in! Friends of the Earth have combed through the party manifestos (and any additional pledges they’ve made during the campaign) to see how they score on tackling the climate and ecological emergency. These are the results…

 

The 2019 General Election has taken place under the shadow of the climate and nature emergencies. In recent months flooding and wildfires have blighted lives and devastated communities both here and abroad, and over the past year there has been an unprecedented level of concern from the public, led by the voices of the young.

Earlier in 2019 UK Parliament declared a climate emergency, but despite adopting a new target to reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions, action to cut emissions has stalled and our transport emissions are rising. The announcement of a General Election gave political parties the chance to rise to the challenge and set out the policies needed to address this emergency.

So how do the party manifestos score?

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Sending one less 'unnecessary' email a day could save 16,000 tonnes of carbon a year, study finds

The study showed that 72 per cent of the UK are unaware of the carbon footprint attached to their inbox. CREDIT: ANDREW BROOKES /CULTURA RF

Published on The Telegraph website on the 26th November 2019
Story by Mason Boycott-Owen

 

Sending just one less unnecessary email per day could reduce the UK’s carbon footprint by 16,000 tonnes per year, according to research.

The study, conducted in part by Professor Mike Berners-Lee, claims that the UK sends over 64 million unnecessary emails every day which sheds new light on how our everyday lives can impact the climate.

The research released today found that UK adults send around 11 unnecessary emails each day, with simple one or two word replies such as ‘thanks’ or ‘you too’ driving part of the UK’s carbon output.

The energy required from email servers, networks and systems such as the cloud in one year are claimed to create carbon footprint which is the same as 81,152 flights to Madrid.

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Friends of the Earth Manifesto for the 2019 General Election

As the UK heads for a snap election on 12th December 2019, Friends of the Earth shares the ten policies that should feature in all of the political party manifestos.

Click Here to visit the Friends of the Earth website to find out more.