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UK target to cut emissions 78% by 2035 is world-leading – but to hit it, action is needed now

By Piers Forster, Professor of Physical Climate Change; Director of the Priestley International Centre for Climate, University of Leeds
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Every day I’m inundated with fresh news of businesses and governments declaring new deadlines for when they’ll reach net zero emissions. The announcement of one climate target in particular caught my attention recently, for the simple fact that I and my colleagues in the Climate Change Committee – the independent body of experts established to advise the UK government on climate action – helped design it.

Under the Climate Change Act of 2008, the UK government must set five-year emission reduction targets, otherwise known as carbon…


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