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Voluntary approach to tackling climate change locally failing, new survey, Friends of the Earth, 31 March [1] Survey of England's 354 councils shows just 22 have a target equivalent to cutting local emissions by at least 40 per cent by 2020 - the scale of action Government advisor the Committee on Climate Change says is needed across the UK.


Outsourced emissions are a growing problem that the government is failing to acknowledge, Guy Shrubsole and Alex Randall, 8 February [2] topic

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City of Edinburgh Council pledge to halve capital's carbon emissions, 8 June 2011 [3] place

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UK proposes Fourth Carbon Budget, Emissions to be cut by 50% from 1990 levels by 2025, 17 May [4] The proposal is in line with advice from the independent Committee on Climate Change.

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Carbon emissions 'hidden' in imported goods revealed, 25 April [5] topic


Environmental campaigners angry as green laws labelled as red tape, 17 April [6]

2010, UK net emissions of carbon dioxide provisionally estimated to be 491.7 million tonnes (Mt). This is 3.8 per cent higher than the 2009 figure of 473.7 Mt. 31 March. “Climate-changing pollution should be falling, not going up – so what these figures show is that the UK is moving in the wrong direction. Politicians can’t blame it on the beginnings of the economic recovery because whilst the economy has grown slowly, carbon emissions have grown faster." Dr. Doug Parr, chief scientist for Greenpeace [7] "Three-quarters of the public want the government to prioritise investments into energy saving and renewable power - it's time to end the UK's dirty and dangerous addiction to old energy and invest in a brighter, cleaner future." Andy Atkins, Friends of the Earth [8]

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Agreement reached setting out how local and central government will work together to tackle climate change. "LG Group agrees to take on a leadership role in encouraging all councils to demonstrate their ambition on climate change through a New Nottingham Declaration and other appropriate agreements or declarations." 16 Mar [9] topic

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  1., 31 March 2011
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