A DOZEN of the world’s leading climate scientists are urging Scotland to adopt an ambitious new target to cut polluting carbon emissions. Professors from Cambridge, Oxford, London, Edinburgh and Aberdeen universities have written a letter to the Sunday Herald calling on the Scottish Government to aim for “net zero emissions for Scotland by 2050 at the latest”. Ministers have long been committed to reducing emissions 80 per cent by 2050 and have published plans to increase that to 90 per cent. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has recently hinted that she may go further and an announcement is expected soon. The scientists say that the world needs to limit the global average temperature increase to 1.5 degrees centigrade to avoid “large negative impacts”. Climate change is already having major impacts on people and wildlife around the world, they warn.
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