UK parliament declares climate emergency

An “environment and climate emergency” motion has been passed by Westminster although the government is not legally bound to act on it.

The motion, which was tabled by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, was approved without a vote yesterday, making it the first parliament in the world to declare a climate emergency.

There is no formal definition of what a “climate emergency” constitutes. But shadow environment secretary for DEFRA, Sue Hayman, said Labour’s motion passed “a certain set of actions for the government to carry out”.

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