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Keep it in the ground: What president Trump means for climate change

Donald Trump’s win could be catastrophic for the world’s climate, as well as international diplomacy, as American leadership is transformed

Donald Trump holds a sign supporting coal during a rally at Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. Photograph: Dominick Reuter/AFP/Getty Images

Donald Trump holds a sign supporting coal during a rally at Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. Photograph: Dominick Reuter/AFP/Getty Images

Published on The Guardian website on the 11th November 2016

 

This November is likely to have profound implications for climate change, but not in the way that was anticipated just a week ago. The Paris climate deal came into force on the 4th of November but Tuesday’s election of Donald Trump as US president casts an ominous shadow over the agreement and the chances of avoiding dangerous global warming.

Trump is a highly erratic figure, so predicting his actions can be problematic. But we do know that he wants to withdraw the US from the Paris accord, which aims to keep the global temperature increase below a 2C threshold, that he believes climate change to be a “hoax” and that Barack Obama’s warning that global warming is a threat on a par with terrorism was “one of the dumbest statements I’ve ever heard in politics.”

Obama’s climate legacy, and the tools he used to force down emissions, are set to be torn apart by Trump once he enters the White House. Contentious oil pipelines such as Keystone and Dakota Access will likely be approved. Clean energy funding will be slashed. The world’s second largest greenhouse gas emitter will look to prop up coal, rather than renewables, to power its future. Read Oliver’s report today for the full story.

This could prove catastrophic for the world’s climate, as well as international diplomacy, as American leadership is transformed into an excuse to slack off in cutting emissions. Already, the 2C threshold looks in severe peril. The 8th of November could be the day when tens of millions of people were condemned to an unlivable environment. A Trump u-turn on this matter, at least, would be welcomed by those most at risk.

Oliver Milman, US environment correspondent

Are you concerned about Havant’s green fields

green-field

disappearing forever?…

Then read this and act today

16th November 2016 – Council’s Cabinet is due to meet to consider recommendations to approve the new hugely increased housing target and greenfield sites described in the Draft Housing Statement which will provide a 5 year housing land supply for this and next year. The public can attend this meeting but not participate. (See address below).

7th December 2016 – A Full Council Meeting will vote on adoption of the Draft Housing Statement. The public can attend this meeting but not participate.

1st Quarter 2017 – Public Consultation

If the Draft Housing Statement is adopted on 7th December. the Housing Statement plus all policies & site allocations (incl. Campdown, Denvilles-Emsworth Gap and others), will become part of a new Draft Local Plan 2036 and go out for Public Consultation. Comments (not amendments) can be made on the soundness of the Plan against the National Planning Policy Framework.

2nd Quarter 2017 – Local Plan submission to Planning Inspectorate

The appointed Planning Inspector will receive the Plan and all letters and emailed comments received by the Council from residents, groups and public bodies.

3rd Quarter 2017 – Hearing in public by Planning Inspector

This is a several day event during which the Inspector will discuss the soundness of the Plan and the sites chosen. Written and verbal evidence will be taken from interested parties. The Inspector will make comments on the plan and where it needs changes to make it sound.

4th Quarter 2017 – 1st Quarter 2018 – Adoption of Local Plan by Council

This will be the Local Plan as modified and the allocated sites which are deliverable. It will show a 5 year housing land supply for at least the following 15 years

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Everybody agrees there’s a housing crisis

Hampshire Friends of the Earth co-ordinator Ray Cobbett who is concerned about 'unfettered development'

Hampshire Friends of the Earth co-ordinator Ray Cobbett who is concerned about ‘unfettered development’

Published in the Portsmouth News on the 2nd November 2016

 

ALMOST every day there are reports of local residents angry and horrified by major new developments on their doorsteps.

The arguments on both sides are well rehearsed.

The council and government say we are in the midst of a housing crisis and need to build more often on much-loved open land.

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