Government misses climate emergency deadline

The government has not responded to parliament’s call to draw up “urgent proposals to restore the UK’s natural environment and to deliver a circular, zero waste economy”, within a six month time frame.

In a debate held on 1 May, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn proposed a motion to declare ‘an environment and climate emergency’, increase support for renewables and low carbon 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”.

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