Prime Minister Boris Johnson has stressed that there is “no time to waste” in tackling climate change despite continued reports of delays to the energy white paper. Speaking to mark a year until COP26, Johnson said that climate change will “remain the most enduring threat to the futures of our children and grandchildren – and the world we’re fighting for – if we do not act”. It is now being reported by Bloomberg that the energy white paper is to be pushed back until after the Treasury’s spending review on 25 November. When asked about this by Current±, a BEIS spokesperson reiterated the government’s intention to release the white paper in the autumn.
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Committee on Climate Change chairman Lord Deben used his keynote speech at edie’s Net-Zero Live to deliver a rousing speech on the intersections between climate change, nature loss and public health. Speaking at the virtual event, hosted in association with EDF Energy, Deben explained how the policymakers, businesses and the general public have become increasingly aware of what climate change means in terms of nature, the economy and social sustainability since the IPCC published its landmark report in 2018. The report laid bare the differences between a 2C world and a 1.5C world in detail, for the first time. It concluded that global net emissions will need to reach zero by 2050 at the latest if the world is to have the best chance of staying within the 1.5C trajectory. As such, Deben called the battle against climate change “the battle for our existence.” He said: “Climate change is the symptom of what we have done to the world. The disease is our loss of biodiversity, the way we have polluted the atmosphere, the way in which we’ve reduced the fertility of our soil, the green with which we have used our resources. And the disease is what we must put right.” For Deben, a ‘green recovery’ from Covid-19 would result in the building of a society which is “much more milling to deliver a just transition” to a world in which humans are stewards of the Earth. Fortunately, Deben remains optimistic about humanity’s odds of delivering climate action at the scale and pace needed.
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