'We have a big thing to achieve here': Climate adviser Chris Stark on Boris, Greta, and reaching net zero

The government has pledged to put a net zero UK emissions target in law following advice from the Committee on Climate Change. Chris Stark, chief executive of the advisory body, is optimistic that the goal can be achieved.

Traffic spewing diesel fumes thunders past Chris Stark as he poses for photos on a traffic island in the middle of Buckingham Palace Road. With fires raging in the Amazon rainforest, dire UN warnings that land and ocean ecosystems face catastrophic decline, and the world’s most powerful government fiercely opposed to climate action, standing amidst the traffic on one of London’s busiest thoroughfares – without an electric car in sight – would be enough to drive lesser souls to despair.

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