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Ynni Cymru will unlock Wales’ green energy potential

A successful, community-owned renewable energy company was the perfect location for Climate Change Minister Julie James and Plaid Cymru’s Designated Member Siân Gwenllian to launch Ynni Cymru – a new, a publicly-owned energy company for Wales.

Welsh Government Minister for Climate Change Julie James views Grassholm from an RSPCA boat after Pembrokeshire County Council confirms hundreds of dead wild sea birds have washed up on their beaches in recent days with suspected avian influenza.  Grassholm is home to one of the world’s most important gannet colonies. Gannets are recognised for their pale blue iris, which scientists have now discovered turns black in survivors of avian influenza. It is unknown, but hoped, that some immunity will be passed onto their young.  Gannets live cheek to jowl in packed colonies and like many sea birds, have a low fecundity rate, meaning they may only rear one chick a year. Visible gaps on Grassholm reveal a decimated population, leaving concern over how well this iconic species will recover.

HPAI: Minister visits Pembrokeshire islands as concern over wild bird flu outbreak grows

Climate Change Minister Julie James visited Ramsey and Grassholm Island today off the coast of Pembrokeshire to assess the scale of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) which is affecting wild sea bird colonies around the UK.

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Tighter limit on industrial, power and aviation emissions, as UK leads the way to Net Zero

  • New limit on emissions confirmed for power sector, energy intensive industries and aviation, from 2024
  • Emissions cap will be expanded to more UK sectors - domestic maritime transport and waste – driving forward the UK’s position as a world-leader in decarbonisation
  • Gradual transition for industries as they take the next step to decarbonise, with changes phased and measured
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Building momentum in the global fight against climate change

“The wealth of knowledge and expertise throughout these states and regions is huge and gives me hope we can fight against climate change and set the global path to zero emissions by 2050.”

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Important step towards Net Zero and ‘significant infrastructure projects Wales deserves’

Modernising and simplifying the processes behind developing infrastructure projects in Wales is at the heart of a new bill laid before the Senedd today (Monday, June 12).

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Higher payment rates announced for farmers creating woodland

The Welsh Government is calling on all farmers in Wales to help tackle the climate emergency by planting trees as higher payment rates for woodland creation are confirmed today (Thursday, May 25).

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Minister for Climate Change asks Wales to be ‘water aware’ as Drought Liaison Group prepares for summer

In Water Saving Week, Minister for Climate Change Julie James is appealing to everyone in Wales to be conscious of their water use as we approach summer.

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The Welsh Government-supported drop in centre ‘transforming lives’

Climate Change Minister Julie James has spoken about meeting people on ‘journeys of hope’ at a new drop-in centre in Neath.

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Welsh Government shines light on next steps for transforming town centres

Julie James, Minister for Climate Change in the Welsh Government, has visited Neath to see how regeneration can help support town centres to thrive.

Male Atlantic salmon trying to overcome a disused weir during its upstream migration. 
Photo Credit: Manuel Mendez Blanco

£11m for conservation projects to help Wales’ endangered wildlife

Minister for Climate Change Julie James has announced a pot of nearly £11m to help curb the decline of Wales’ wildlife today, as she met with scientists working to save the Atlantic wild salmon. Experts say the ancient fish could disappear from Welsh rivers by the next two decades.

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Record levels of funding for flood defences

The latest funding allocations of a £214m fund for flood schemes put in place as part of the Co-operation Agreement between the Welsh Government and Plaid Cymru have been confirmed

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New powers for local authorities to address impact of second and empty homes come into force

Welsh communities will be better supported to address high levels of second home ownership and empty properties as new local tax rules come into force today.