Climate change adviser says PM’s plan will fail unless it is dramatically stepped up

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Theresa May is being warned over the plan she announced last month which aims to cut emissions to net zero by the year 2050.

The government’s chief adviser on climate change has warned that the prime minister’s plan to eliminate Britain’s contribution to global warming will fail unless cuts to greenhouse gases are dramatically stepped up.

Chris Stark, chief executive of the committee on climate change, told Sky News the government is slipping behind the existing target of cutting emissions by 80% by 2050 – and meeting Theresa May’s pledge of reducing them to zero is a distant prospect.

“We absolutely recommend a tougher target because the science demands it.

“But unless there is a plan alongside that to meet it, one that ups the ambition in every sector of the economy, in every department of government, at every layer of government, that target is unachievable.”

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