Environmental shoe on the other foot over BBC flight cuts

Interesting story in UK daily paper The Guardian today about how BBC news is having to cutback travel plans after spending more than £100,000 on its coverage of the rescue of the Chilean miners. These cuts include now planning to send just one person to cover the Cancun Climate Change summit later this year.

“It’s vital that the BBC doesn’t compromise the quality of coverage when ministers meet in Cancún this December,” Friends of the Earth’s executive director Andy Atkins tells the paper. Kind of a novelty to hear environmentalists worried about a corporation cutting down on their long-haul flying plans don’t you think? 

That bit of facetiousness aside, it does seem to illustrate how climate change has slipped down the wider news agenda since the frenzy (and the anti-climax) of Copenhagen a year ago – for more on this here’s a good blog from The Guardian.

And in case you missed it, here’s some analysis of how the aviation and the emissions picture looks following last week’s ICAO global framework agreement - which as far as airlines entering the EU emissions trading scheme from 2012, appears to be much as it did before the agreement.  


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