UK climate targets toughened
Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to announce new climate change commitments this week, including a 78 per cent cut in carbon emissions compared to 1990 levels by 2035.
The requirement will also cover the international aviation and shipping industries for the first time.
The move is expected to help spur further action by other governments ahead of the UK-hosted COP26 climate talks this November.
Chris Venables, of the Green Alliance thinktank, said to the Guardian, “It’s great news that the government will put the 2035 target into law, and including aviation and shipping is genuine global climate leadership. But it’s increasingly jarring for this long-term ambition not to be backed up by action in the here and now. The clock is running down to Cop26 in November, and a detailed and fully funded net zero plan is needed well before then.”