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Targets must be strengthened

Targets must be strengthened 9 April 2018

Climate Change Act must set ‘net zero’ emissions target by 2020, experts say
(via The Independent)

By Josh Gabbatiss

Britain’s climate change targets must be strengthened by 2020 in order to meet stringent international targets, a new report  has warned.

The nation must strive to cut its emissions to “net zero”, the point at which annual greenhouse gas emissions are balanced by the removal of greenhouse gases from the atmosphere, the experts at the London School of Economics (LSE), stated. 

Achieving such a target could require anything from planting more trees to developing new technologies that suck carbon dioxide from the air, they added.

Current legislation has a goal to cut emissions by 80 per cent by 2050, but a more ambitious target will be necessary if Britain stands a chance of meeting the goals set by the Paris climate agreement.

“The current climate change act finishes in 2050 – it doesn’t think beyond it,” Professor Sam Fankhauser, one of the report’s authors, told The Independent.

“So what we have to do is complement it with something else.”

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