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Climate and the environment

Published Wednesday, May 1, 2019

This pack has been prepared ahead of the Opposition Day debate to be held in the Commons Chamber on Wednesday 1 May 2019 on climate and the environment.

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The motion for the debate is:

Environment and Climate Change

That this House declares an environment and climate emergency following the finding of the Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change that to avoid more than 1.5°C rise in global warming, global emissions would need to fall by around 45 per cent from 2010 levels by 2030, reaching net zero by around 2050; recognises the devastating impact that volatile and extreme weather will have on UK food production, water availability, public health and through flooding and wildfire damage; notes that the UK is currently missing almost all of its biodiversity targets, with an alarming trend in species decline, and that cuts of 50 percent to the funding of Natural England are counterproductive to tackling those problems; calls on the Government to increase the ambition of the UK’s climate change targets under the Climate Change Act 2008 to achieve net zero emissions before 2050, to increase support for and set ambitious, short-term targets for the roll-out of renewable and low carbon energy and transport, and to move swiftly to capture economic opportunities and green jobs in the low carbon economy while managing risks for workers and communities currently reliant on carbon intensive sectors; and further calls on the Government to lay before the House within the next six months urgent proposals to restore the UK’s natural environment and to deliver a circular, zero waste economy.

Commons Debate packs CDP-2019-0105

Authors: Nikki Sutherland; Louise Smith; Suzanna Hinson; Elena Ares

Topics: Climate change, Environmental protection

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