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Britain is the first to make a move among G7 countries

The country has announced that it will enact a law declaring its commitment to achieving net zero carbon-dioxide emissions by 2050.

Despite the severe consequences that have been known for decades and the many resounding promises, carbon emissions are at a record high, so it is necessary to set ambitious targets in order to save the Earth, said outgoing prime minister Theresa May according to a Reuters report.

The UK’s existing target is to cut carbon emissions by 80 percent relative to 1990 levels.

With this announcement,
the country’s undertaking
has been aligned with the targets
of the Paris climate agreement, which calls on all countries to reduce carbon emissions to net zero by the middle
of the century so as to keep
global warming within 1.5 °C.

Although the British government’s new commitment is a pioneering one among the world’s developed countries, Reuters added that the government’s backing of new motorway projects and fracking raises questions about the seriousness of the undertaking.

Environmental activists have also voiced the criticism that when planning emissions, the government still relies on international carbon credits (i.e. purchasing unused emissions from other countries), which, in their view, represents a loophole that allows polluting industries to stay in business.

At any rate, Britain hopes that many other countries will follow its example by 2020, when countries are due to increase their goals under the Paris climate agreement.

The United Kingdom is making a legal commitment to reduce its carbon emissions to net zero Photo: Shutterstock
Further information: Reuters

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