Scientists Call for Deeper Cuts in Carbon Emissions in New Climate Change Bill

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Scientists Call for Deeper Cuts in Carbon Emissions in New Climate Change Bill


Byline: By Alice Klein Western Mail

Environmental scientists are today calling on the Government to introduce tougher cuts in carbon dioxide emissions in the forthcoming Climate Change Bill. Experts including Sir John Houghton, one of Wales' most eminent scientists, say the Bill, which commits the UK to at least 60% reductions in greenhouse gases by 2050, is out of date.

Based on the latest science, including the most recent assessment by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the scientists believe a reduction of more like 80% is necessary.

And they have stated their case in an open letter to the Government and leaders of the main political parties, published in a number of broadsheet newspapers today.

Signatories include the current chairman of the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution, Sir John Lawton, and former chairmen, Sir Tom Blundell and Sir John Houghton.

Sir John, who lives in Aberdovey, Gwynedd, is also a former head of the Met Office and won a Nobel Peace Prize for his work with the International Panel on Climate Change.

He said, "The UK has always been proud of its leadership in the issue of climate change.

"To keep in the lead, the Government needs to keep in step with the science that is now strongly pointing towards cuts in emissions of at least 80% by 2050, if we are to mitigate against dangerous climate change.

"Furthermore there is convincing modelling to show that these cuts are achievable and affordable."

The scientists' support has been enlisted by theWWF, one of a number of environmental groups which are calling for the 80% reductions.

David Nussbaum, the group's chief executive, said, "Today some of Britain's most eminent climate and environmental scientists have added their voices to the growing calls for emissions cuts based on the latest science - that means cuts of at least 80% by 2050.

"All the science points to the need to put the 80% target on the face of the Bill, which will also give business the long-term certainty they have called for to plan for a low-carbon future. …

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