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Wednesday, February 22, 2017
CAFOD response to Queen's Speech
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¬†George Gelber, Head of Policy at CAFOD, said: "We welcome the Government's commitment, outlined in today's Queen's Speech, to introduce legislation on climate change. However current plans for the Climate Change Bill are not strong enough and ignore the scientific evidence and key recommendations from all three parliamentary committees that reviewed the draft Bill. "The weakness of the current Climate Change Bill means it is the equivalent of insulating a house then leaving the windows open. "Only by introducing the strongest possible legal framework for reducing UK greenhouse emission will Gordon Brown demonstrate as Prime Minister he will ensure the UK takes an international lead on climate change. "The UK needs to commit to reducing carbon emissions by at least 80 (not 60) per cent by 2050 if we are going to move towards stabilising global temperature warming at 2įC whilst sending a clear signal to the world that the UK takes climate change seriously. "Climate change projections show that developing countries will be worst affected by climate change and within them it will be the poorest people who suffer most. They have done the least to cause the problem and have fewest resources to adapt. Slowing and ultimately halting climate change is essential if the Government's good work in fighting poverty is not to be undermined by rising global temperatures."
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