Nicola Sturgeon has hit back at Boris Johnson after he said he did not want her “anywhere near” the world’s biggest climate change summit when it is held in Glasgow next year. A spokesman for the First Minister said people across the UK would be “deeply embarrassed” by the Prime Minister’s remarks at the Conservative Party conference on Sunday. Environmental groups also criticised Mr Johnson, describing the move as “petty” and calling for Scottish ministers to make its own plans for a series of events outside the summit in 2020. The UN climate change conference, which is being co-hosted by the UK and Italy, is expected to be the most important gathering on the issue since the Paris agreement was signed in 2015. The summit at the Scottish Events Campus in Glasgow will be the largest the UK has ever held, with around 30,000 delegates and up to 200 world leaders attending.
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The UK and several other countries now aim to deliver “net-zero” greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2050, broadly in line with advice from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Both the IPCC and the UK’s Climate Change Committee have also highlighted the likely need for negative emissions, in addition to increased efforts to cut greenhouse gas outputs, if emissions are to fall to ‘net-zero’. However, our newly published research – based on findings from expert interviews and stakeholder deliberations – suggests that combining emissions reductions and negative emissions into a single target of reaching “net-zero” may create problems. These could include delayed emissions cuts, but also insufficient focus on developing negative emissions technologies. Here, we explain how these problems arise and suggest one possible solution.
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