Carbon targets ‘dangerously optimistic’
Research, said the government’s planned carbon cuts – if followed internationally
– would have a “50-50 chance” of limiting the rise in global temperatures to 2C.
This is the threshold that the EU defines as leading to dangerous climate change.
with climate change policy were like “small dogs yapping at the heels” of more
powerful departments, such as that run by the business secretary, Lord Mandelson.
should be given more power.
an inquiry into the UK’s carbon budgets. These are legally binding caps on emissions
set over five years by the Committee on Climate Change (CCC), the independent
body set up to advise the government on how big the cuts should be.
by the chancellor in his budget, making Britain the first country in the world
to pursue legally binding emissions reductions.
reduction in emissions by 2020) within the next two years, once a global deal
on climate change has been agreed. But Anderson said that the UK should show
leadership before the Copenhagen summit and raise the target to 40% now.
of the release of its “road to Copenhagen” strategy document on Friday. This will lay out what the government hopes to achieve at the UN climate negotiations
in Copenhagen in December.
deal at Copenhagen would not be achieved.
of Copenhagen,” he said.
them as the Titanic sinks. We’re not even at the stage of rearranging them,”
from food, deforestation, aviation and shipping and the manufacture of goods for
into a stronger deal on a successor to the Kyoto protocol.
accused them of letting policy be driven by political expediency rather than science.
deal possible at Copenhagen.
an international agreement has been achieved.”