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Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced the UK's 2020 budget yesterday, pledging £12bn of spending to combat the coronavirus - but what about addressing the urgent climate crisis?

And in the week that marked International Women's Day, we take a look at some of the most inspiring women in the climate space, as well as shine a light on the mal-practice of ghost planes...

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Climate Change

Women most vulnerable in climate chaos

by Alexandra Genova

What's Going On Here?
As International Women’s Day is marked this month, women are being celebrated for the incredible impact they have had in the fight against climate chaos. But attention has also been drawn to the fact that women are disproportionately affected by the impacts of climate change. 

What Does This Mean?
International Women’s Day (March 8th) is a time to take stock of our achievements, with many inspirational women leading the way in the fight against climate breakdown; 

📋 Christiana Figueres played a key role in negotiating the Paris Climate Agreement in 2015 as chief of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change 📋

🏭 Rachel Kyte has become a go-to expert for heads of state and multinational CEOs trying transition away from fossil fuels 🏭

🌍While environmental policy researcher Sunita Narain has won awards for work on issues ranging from rainwater harvesting to tiger conservation.. 🌍

🇸🇪 And of course the most high profile climate activist right now is a 17-year-old girl from Sweden...Greta Thunberg (in case you didn’t already know…).🇸🇪

It’s clear that women are playing a vital role in combating the climate crisis. But the reality is that globally, only 8% of cabinet members are women and their unequal participation in decision-making and labour markets prevents them from fully contributing to climate-related planning, policy-making and implementation.

Why Should We Care?

Because women’s political participation has been shown to result in greater responsiveness to citizen’s needs and because women are disproportionately affected by climate change. Here are some examples of how:

  • In the aftermath of disasters, women are more likely than men to be displaced, to be sexually assaulted, to be victims of violence and to face other human rights violations.
  • In many regions, women are more likely than men to finish formal education early, making them less informed about climate change and less likely to be involved in decision making 
  • Women are also more affected by drought and water shortages, often bearing the burden of having to spend significant time travelling to distant water resources and returning home to provide water for their families.
  • Girls are also more likely than boys to be provided with less food during times of food scarcity

Be Curious!

UN Women has compiled 12 small actions with big impact in line with this IWD theme, “Generation Equality. Read the full list here.
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Climate Change

Coronavirus puts the spotlight on "Ghost Plane" mal-practice

by Conrad Langridge

What's Going On Here?

😢 Just last week airlines were being forced to waste thousands of gallons of fuel flying empty 'ghost' planes in order to keep flight slots during the coronavirus outbreak

😍 Thankfully pressure on the regulators has put a hold to the madness!

What Does This Mean?

In order for airline companies to use an airport, they need to own a “slot pair” → a specific takeoff and landing time. These assets are normally hot property- just this week  Air New Zealand sold a single Heathrow slot pair for $27 million

In order to prevent “slot squatting”, airport slot regulators such as Airport Coordination Limited (ACL) require airlines to utilise 80% of their slots or forfeit them.

With the outbreak of the coronavirus, passenger numbers have shrunk, and the airlines were having to fly empty planes to avoid losing their paid-for slots. 

BUT THIS CRAZINESS ISN’T NEW - An empty plane used to fly from London Heathrow to Wales 6 times every week to dodge the forfeit, and it is still happening...😡

Why Should We Care?

With pressure on the likes of ACL, the “rules”  have been relaxed and for a period, airliners won't need to hit their 80% flying quota. Phew.
But if a positive can be taken from the coronavirus, it’s that profit first, planet  last models such as this are under the spotlight once again! 

The practice of flying empty planes to avoid larger costs isn’t a new one, but the extreme situation with the coronavirus has thankfully put this environmentally disastrous mal-practice into the public eye! 

Be Curious!
Knowledge is king, learn about this topic and discuss it with your friends! Share an alternative approach to slot management with us and we can write a letter to the ACL.
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Waste heat from tube used to heat home London homes - New Civil Engineer
Budget: missed chance to lead on climate crisis - Guardian
Cornwall becomes first NHS region to set 2030 net-zero target - Edie
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