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CUTTING EMISSIONS FASTER: UK government to pledge ‘radical’ new climate law

CUTTING EMISSIONS FASTER: UK government to pledge ‘radical’ new climate law

 

Carbon emissions will be cut by 78% by 2035, that’s 15 years earlier than previously planned - with the UK becoming world leaders as a result.

For the first time, climate law would also be extended to cover international aviation and shipping.

Labour though have said the government should “match rhetoric with reality”.

The government has accepted the advice of its independent Climate Change Committee (CCC) to adopt the emissions cut, which is based on 1990 levels.

Meanwhile, researchers from Natural England have developed a picture of the impact that different UK habitats can have in taking carbon out of the atmosphere and helping us hit net zero by 2050, whilst delivering for both biodiversity and conservation.

In the most comprehensive report to date on the impact of the nation’s landscape on carbon storage and sequestration, researchers found that peatlands and native woodlands are habitats which have the greatest capacity to store carbon, but that many others, including coastal and marine habitats such as saltmarsh and sea grass meadows have a significant role to play a role in helping the UK hit net zero by 2050.


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