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London mayor unveils plan to tackle ‘climate emergency’

Exclusive: Sadiq Khan accuses government of dragging its feet and calls for investment to avert catastrophe — London’s mayor, Sadiq Khan, has declared a climate emergency and urged the UK government to do more to avert an ecological breakdown that he says poses an existential threat to future generations. Speaking as City Hall outlined its …

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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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Climate change made UK heatwave 30 times more likely – Met Office

Global warming is harming people’s lives and humanity will not be able to cope, say scientists — The sweltering heat that hit the UK this summer was made 30 times more likely by human-caused climate change, a Met Office analysis has found. Scientists said the research showed global warming was already harming people’s lives and …

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Britain backs strong rules to bring the Paris Agreement to life

The Cop24 climate summit in Katowice, Poland, needs to turn talk into action, writes UK minister for energy and clean growth Claire Perry — In October, world leading scientists delivered a stark warning of the potentially devastating impacts of climate change on our health, prosperity and energy security. Since then, heightened interest around the world …

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In-depth Q&A: The UK Climate Projections 2018

At the Science Museum on Monday, environment secretary Michael Gove launched the latest set of climate change projections for the UK — Produced by the Met Office Hadley Centre, the UK Climate Projections 2018 – or “UKCP18” – is the “most comprehensive picture yet of how the climate could change” in the UK. It includes …

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Trailblazing UK climate change act is a model for the world

Ten years after its creation, the landmark legislation has many lessons for other countries as they look for ways to turn the Paris deal into national action — This Monday, the UK marks 10 years as the first country to adopt a law on climate change. As countries seek to fulfil their responsibilities under the …

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Tory MPs demand net-zero carbon emissions by 2050

Theresa May called on to commit to ambitious climate target — Fifty Conservative MPs have called on Theresa May to adopt an ambitious target of cutting carbon emissions to net zero before 2050, to show international leadership on climate change and protect British jobs. Former ministers Damian Green, Oliver Letwin and Anna Soubry are among …

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CCC: Farming needs a ‘revolution’ for UK to meet climate goals

Greenhouse gas emissions from the land-use and agriculture sector are set to increase unless the UK’s “unsustainable” approach changes, warns the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) in a report published today — “Fundamental reform” is needed to ensure the UK stores more carbon in land, says the government’s official climate advisory body. Maintaining current per-capita …

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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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UK is endangering people’s health by denying their right to clean air, says UN

World body urges Conservative government to ‘step up and show leadership’ on the air pollution crisis — The UK government is putting the health of millions of its citizens at risk by failing to tackle the country’s air pollution crisis, according the UN’s special rapporteur on human rights and the environment. David Boyd said people’s …

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