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What will it take for the UK to reach net zero emissions

The net zero carbon target will require sweeping changes to almost every aspect of British life, affecting our homes, food and the way we get around, as well as jobs and businesses across the board. Ministers hope there will be health benefits and improvements to the natural environment along the way, as well as helping to stave off the global climate emergency.

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France tables 2050 carbon-neutral law

New bill loosens restrictions on nuclear to bring France’s emissions down, concerning some campaigners — The French government has proposed legislation committing the country to carbon-neutrality by 2050. The changes would expand the role of nuclear energy and drop concrete emissions targets for the middle of the century, raising concerns among environmentalists. A proposal was …

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Guest post: Ten charts show how the world is progressing on clean energy

Dr Iain Staffell is a senior lecturer in sustainable energy at Imperial College London’s Centre for Environmental Policy. He leads the Electric Insights project reporting interactive real-time and quarterly summary information on the UK’s electricity mix — Rapid progress towards clean energy is needed to meet the global ambition to limit warming to no more …

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CCC: UK should ‘move away’ from large-scale biomass burning

The UK should not give support to any new large-scale biomass power plants unless they include carbon capture and storage (CCS), according to the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) — Biomass has a potentially important role to play in meeting UK climate targets, but needs to be used in a different way in future, the …

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Could carbon-capture technology be a silver bullet to stop climate change

Few companies specialize in carbon removal and the tools they produce are currently still expensive — Peter Fiekowsky, a physicist and entrepreneur, hates silver bullets. But at a climate summit in California last month he found himself pitching one. In partnership with the company Blue Planet, he was demonstrating a low-tech-looking machine that can pull …

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Analysis: Why the IPCC 1.5°C report expanded the carbon budget

Greenhouse gas emissions from human activity have already raised global temperatures by around 1°C since pre-industrial times. This leaves a rapidly shrinking “carbon budget” to stay within the aspirational 1.5°C of the Paris Agreement on climate change — This budget is a simplified way to measure the additional emissions that can enter the atmosphere to …

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We must reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero or face more floods

The world heating up by even 1.5°C would have a brutal impact on future generations — The authoritative new report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change sets the world a clear target: we must reduce emissions of greenhouse gases to net zero by the middle of this century to have a reasonable chance of …

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Guest post: 13 ‘ocean-based solutions’ for tackling climate change

Dr Phillip Williamson is an honorary reader at the University of East Anglia and science coordinator of the UK Greenhouse Gas Removal from the Atmosphere research programme, which is coordinated by the government-funded National Environment Research Council (NERC) — There will be at least one inescapable conclusion in the upcoming publication of the Intergovernmental Panel …

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