Boris Johnson should publicly declare climate deniers as wrong in order to secure the UK’s standing in vital UN climate talks this year, campaigners have urged, as climate deniers with links to the Tory party prepare for a new battle.
As the UK leaves the EU, and its emphatic environmental commitments including the European green deal, those who want to see less action on the climate crisis are hoping Johnson’s government will be more amenable to delaying and watering down green measures.
The EU on Wednesday sets out its first ever climate law, the long-awaited centrepiece of the European green deal, which is designed to prepare the EU economy for dealing with the climate emergency.The new law would enshrine a 2050 net zero emissions target in legislation and empower Brussels to take governments to court if they fail to comply.But the UK prime minister has yet to articulate a strategy for meeting Britain’s target of net zero by 2050, giving the advocates of delay and distraction everything to play for.Climate denial is taking new forms, some experts say, moving from an outright rejection of science to covert attacks on green policies and spending on efforts to cut carbon.
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