The UK’s goal of tackling the climate crisis by reducing carbon emissions to net zero by 2050 is “too far away”, the prime minister’s climate change spokesperson has said. Allegra Stratton, Boris Johnson’s former press secretary, said the “science is clear” that the UK must change its carbon emission output “right now”. Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s World This Weekend, Stratton said: “What I’m aware of is right now that we have a 10-point plan for a green industrial revolution, we have FTSE 100 companies pledging to go net-zero, and not only that, but we also have the NHS and hospitals around the country saying, ‘You know what, we’ll have a go as well.’ “And I feel at the point at which we can all of us see that we’re not doing it on our own, every part of society is moving in tandem towards this net zero in 2050 … but let’s be honest, that’s too far away. “We have to feel the fierce urgency of now … We have to bring countries to Cop26 in November in Glasgow with real substantial plans.”
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THE leading pioneer of marine energy has warned that net-zero is not enough to prevent the catastrophic effects of climate change. Professor Stephen Salter of Edinburgh University told The National that in addition to reducing emissions, the world would have to deal with the harmful effects of those already in the atmosphere as well as get rid of carbon dioxide more rapidly.
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