Britain to propose first-ever legally binding carbon-emission cuts

Tue, 2007-03-13 08:51Bill Miller
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Britain to propose first-ever legally binding carbon-emission cuts

The draft Climate Change Bill introduced by Environment Secretary David Miliband calls for an independent panel to set a “carbon budget” every five years. Opposition parties welcomed the proposals, but said carbon budgets should be set annually.

Miliband, who hailed the move as “the first of its kind in any country,” said annual targets would be too rigid to make allowances for climate variations.

The draft legislation will go to public and parliamentary consultation before becoming law next year, but environmental campaigners want to raise the 2050 target to 80% and set annual 3% cut targets to ensure compliance.

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Atmospheric carbon dioxide emissions, the main contributor to global warming, are set to rise again in 2014 – reaching a record high of 40 billion tonnes, according to a new report.

The latest annual update of the Global Carbon Budget (GCB) shows that the projected rise of 2.5 per cent in burning fossil fuels and cement production this year follows a 2.3 per cent increase in 2013, a then record high of 36 billion tonnes.

The GCB said the 2013 emissions...

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