UK faces higher climate change targets

Government advisers have said that greenhouse gas emissions need to be slashed by at least 80 per cent by 2050.

The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) says that industries including aviation and shipping need to work towards lowering their carbon footprint.

Lord Turner of Ecchinswell, the committee chairman, said: "We have to almost totally decarbonise the power sector by 2030, well before 2050."

Ed Miliband, the new energy and climate secretary, welcomed the report stating that we need to "act now" on climate change.

"This is a pressing issue, and we'll respond to the recommendations swiftly. The hard work will be for us all to make emission reductions a reality over the coming decades."

Meanwhile, a group of EU lawmakers have approved a tough climate change bill which would see countries having to hit much higher targets.

It will still have to be agreed by the European Parliament and each of the 27 EU nations before it will become law.

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