The Daily Climate Show : Biden doubles US Climate Pledge, UK Gov Deal with CF Industries, Bluefin Tuna’s UK Return…

Issues discussed on today’s Daily Climate Show include…

  • President Biden’s announcement at the UN General Assembly that the US will double its contribution from $5.7 billion to $11.4 billion per year towards the $100 billion fund for helping poorer nations to deal with the impacts of climate change. The UK is contributing $3 billion per year.
  • Tina Stege, the Marshall Islands Climate Envoy, welcomed the increase financial commitment from the USA. It is forecast that some of the Marshall Islands will be submerged by 2035.
  • The UK Government has now reached an agreement with US company CF Industries to resume CO2 production at its two UK plants that it shut down last week.
  • Statistics from the ONS have shown that Greenhouse Gas Emissions in the UK fell by 13% in 2020, with emissions from the transport sector falling by 40%. These reductions are undoubtedly due to the pandemic and the lockdowns.
  • An All Party Parliamentary Group of MPs is calling on manufacturers to install filters on washing machines to trap microplastics.
  • Atlantic Bluefin Tuna have returned to the seas off the south west of England for the first time in 60 years. Government scientists are investigating why the fish have returned but suspect that it is because of rising sea temperatures.

Presenter Jonathan Samuels was joined by guests Juliet Kinsman, Sustainability Editor at Condé Nast Traveller, and Guardian Columnist George Monbiot to discuss some of these issues.

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