Droughts, floods, hurricanes and other freak weather conditions are an indication that climate change is impacting upon the planet. It’s a grave warning of extinctions and catastrophes if climate change is not kept in check.
Here this article should serve to offer an overview of some of the key laws and bans in place to help support the effort to save our planet.
#1 - The End of Single-Use Plastics
Though it was a game-changing innovation, plastic is a threat to the planet. An estimated 12.7 million tonnes of it ends up in our oceans each year (the equivalent of a truck load every minute). More recently, Environment Secretary Michael Gove announced a ban on plastic straws, cotton buds and stirrers could be in place in the UK by late 2019.
#2 - A Target from 2020 - Paris Agreement
This deal was the first of its kind as it united the nations of the world under one goal. Nearly 200 countries within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) came to a consensus in 2015 to cut greenhouse emissions.
#3 - A Matter of Pollution: The Clean Air Strategy
In a world first, the UK set its own targets for reducing air pollution. In May 2018, the UK government published the Clean Air Strategy to cut air pollution and human exposure to particulate matter pollution – the fourth biggest health risk behind cancer, obesity and heart disease.
#4 - Travelling down the Road to Zero Strategy
It’s difficult to discuss climate change without considering the transport industry. Transportation accounts for a higher overall share of greenhouse gas emissions than any other sector of the economy, so changes are vital if the UK is to hit its carbon reduction targets. Electric vehicles will potentially be the catalyst for achieving this target.
#5 - Replacing Coal
Coal will soon be a fuel of the past. There are eight coal-fired power stations in use in the UK today, but a ban on coal introduced this year (which will come into force in October 2025) has presented energy companies with an ultimatum: adapt your existing assets to generate greener energy or close your power station.