The Scottish government is to seek fresh independent advice on its climate change targets after the latest warning on rising global temperatures. An international report has said the world is currently heading for a 3C rise, way above the 1.5C target. A coalition of charities has called on Scottish ministers to strengthen the forthcoming Climate Change Bill. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said action was a “massive priority” but Scotland’s record was “exemplary”. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warned that limiting global warming to 1.5C by the end of the century would require “rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society”. The panel said it would be hugely expensive, requiring around 2.5% of global GDP for two decades, but failure to act would have dire consequences. A Scottish government spokesperson said: “In line with our evidence based approach to tackling climate change, we are committed to consid ering the report carefully, including seeking updated independent, expert advice from the UK Committee on Climate Change on its implications for our targets.” The Scottish government published its draft Climate Change Bill earlier this year, which upped a 2050 target for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from 80% to 90% against 1990 levels. It adds that the 100% target should be set once a clear pathway to achieving this is established.
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A SUMMIT of political and civic leaders should be convened to consider Scotland’s response to a “damning” UN report on climate change, the Scottish Greens have said. Co-convener, Patrick Harvie, said the meeting should take as a starting point the need for a rapid transition to a post-oil economy, and should have no limit on the proposals for progress it puts forward. The UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report yesterday said countries had to take “unprecedented” action to slash carbon emissions to zero by 2050 and limit dangerous global warming.
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