Newcastle has been voted the UK’s most sustainable city for the second year in a row, while Hull has come bottom.
The north east capital comes out top of an annual survey by Forum for the Future, which ranks cities on their environmental performance, measures they have taken for a low-carbon future, and quality of life.
The other cities in the top five are Leicester, Brighton, Bristol and London, while joining Hull at the bottom of the list is Glasgow and Bradford.
Forum for the Future said: “It’s the places that are improving faster than average that move up the ranks. Newcastle was eighth in 2007, Leicester has moved from 14th to 2nd in the same time and Coventry from 17th to 7th.
“One disturbing trend that has emerged is the widening gap between the top and bottom performers. Those already performing relatively well are improving faster than others which have the furthest to go.
“It’s important that cities now accelerate the speed of change to a low-carbon economy, and low-impact future, that supports the complexity and diversity of our collective and individual needs.”