MINISTERS are being urged to raise their ambitions on climate change by introducing tougher targets to address air pollution. More than 8000 people responded to the Scottish Government’s consultation on its Climate Change Bill calling for zero toxic emissions by 2050, and a 77 per cent decrease by 2030. They say the current aim for a 63.5 per cent reduction by 2030, which the Bill proposes to increase to 66 per cent by 2030, and then to 90 per cent by 2050, does not go far enough. Tom Ballantine, chair of environmental coalition Stop Climate Chaos Scotland (SCCS), which wrote to the First Minister last week, said: “In 2009 Scotland was setting the pace internationally when we agreed our climate targets but now people are urging the Scottish Government to keep the country on the leaderboard on this issue.”The urgency of the climate crisis has grown in the intervening years and Scots want to see more done to ensure we continue to deliver leading action.” The Scottish Government is revising its plans following the historic Paris climate deal agreed in December 2015.
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