Here’s our weekly round up of the stories in the news that are relevant to our campaigns:
@dpcarrington: Video: George Osborne’s green dream. Friday fun from RSPB @Natures_Voice http://bit.ly/yUHtpM #eg
GM wheat? NO THANKS! http://bit.ly/zo30b5
Oliver Letwin: environmental rules could be ‘great deal simpler’ http://bit.ly/A7sKkL – so many contradictions in this!
Funding boost to help restore habitats in West Midlands: http://bit.ly/x2ibly – well done Birmingham and Black Country Wildlife Trust!
Energy & Climate Change
What a cheery thing to read at the end of Friday: “Oil prices: 10 reasons to be fearful” – why are we still hooked? http://bit.ly/y8Z3GW
@giselastuart to question government over lack of support for community energy: http://bit.ly/xPCEiD
@MartynWilliams2: Telegraph don’t get #renewable subsidies *should* taper – meant to fall as costs come down http://tgr.ph/AuiCef
@Martin_Abrams: Melting Arctic link to cold, snowy UK winters http://bbc.in/yXxdIt #climate #arctic #emissions
@the_ecologist: Are the ‘Big Six’ energy companies blocking renewables in the UK? http://bit.ly/xcIk53 – we’d say yes.
@dpcarrington: Exclusive new data reveals folly of betting UK’s #energy future on #gas over #wind http://gu.com/p/35zcd/tw
@dpcarrington: UK gives five times more public subsidies to #fossil fuels than to #wind power http://gu.com/p/35mmd/tw
@digbeth: New DiG blog post, The Future of Localisation and Devolution – http://tinyurl.com/7y6sjs9
Serious questions for the council to answer about how they’re allowing
@QuintainPLC to demolish #saveislandhouse http://bit.ly/Ad7Ha4
“Cabinet singles out planning system as ‘blockage’ to growth” Frightening, despite all evidence, they still believe it! http://bit.ly/w5OgDS
@KCSharedSpace: Shared space key to the future of urban centres http://bit.ly/wCdzeF
@RachelGillies: There is now a website for developing a #BalsallHeath Neighbourhood Plan. http://bit.ly/y3b8JE
Green Light for More Noise and Pollution: http://bit.ly/xDlIt3 Sadly Australian & Canadian pension funds invest in climate change and noise.
@AirportWatch: AEF reports that global aviation emissions up by 11% in 5 years despite recession: http://bit.ly/whKBqJ
@jrf_uk: Transport poverty is hitting the headlines – it’s time for fair thinking on fuel http://bit.ly/yPNPrb via@leftfootfwd
“Even if people prefer a 3rd runway to Boris Island, doesn’t mean they like either” http://bit.ly/xmUtF5 excellent blog post by John Stewart
Waste & Resource Use
@greenbirmingham: “ @GuardianSustBiz: ticking time bomb: minerals/metals scarcity in manufacturing http://bit.ly/AChu79”
@Greenpeace: Oil companies are risking the future of the Arctic for only 3 years worth of oil. #savethearctic http://bit.ly/w3m4oy
Who is profiting at the planet’s expense? http://bit.ly/zcApPh
Joe Peacock: Finding a new economic path to shape our city of the future: http://bit.ly/AzBSet via
Make sure you register here for “City of the Future” public debate. 4 experts will give new hope for a better economy: http://bit.ly/A6EeX3
We’ve added a blog post about the Sustainability Spring Fair now: http://bit.ly/yr0zZM
Back Fairtrade Fortnight – and fair prices for British food producers: http://bit.ly/Aq84Ms
FoodCycle Birmingham Need Your Help! http://bit.ly/yy2OQn
@colebagski: I blogged: Streaming council meetings – what’s the point?: http://bit.ly/xs3ny6 #localgov #gov20 – We appreciate it.
New post on our blog “Positive Money is coming to the City of the Future” http://bit.ly/yonkpa
Here’s something to whet your appetite for 20th March: http://bit.ly/w1LJbp via
This Saturday, Take a Fairtrade step and celebrate Fairmined Gold in the Jewellery Quarter: http://yfrog.com/nx2twp
Maureen has been volunteering with us for 5 years, so here’s a blog post to say thanks for all she’s done: http://bit.ly/yP1dYl
West Mids comes 2nd lowest in terms of life satisfaction. Well-being data reveals stark differences across the country: http://bit.ly/zITBW2
Full line up of speakers confirmed for our “City of the Future” event: http://bit.ly/AzFNbh – it will be great so sign up while spaces left.