The net zero target has been widely received in the media, although some newspaper editors question the whole idea of setting climate targets and several commentators criticize the Chancellor`s overt opposition to the target. A number of commentary articles also address the new zero net emissions target for 2050. For the Guardian, Green MP Caroline Lucas writes that the goal is “much less impressive than it looks.” Lucas refers to a series of political returns on climate change under this government and says, “What really matters is action, not words. For all her claims to climate leadership, May`s record in power was pitiful. The emissions reductions promised under the agreement are ambitious, but drastic measures are urgently needed if we are to limit global warming to a safe level. As Greenpeace International Chief Executive Kumi Naidoo said following last year`s agreement in Paris: “This agreement alone will not dig us the hole we find ourselves in, but it makes the pages less steep.” Following continued political pressure from the activist group Extinction Rebellion, the British government has agreed to the creation of a “citizens` assembly” on climate change in 2019. This group of 110 citizens who met over four weekends in early 2020 to learn about climate change and how the UK can do it and to discuss how to meet the UK`s 2050 emissions target. The Assembly`s final report is expected to be available in September 2020 and to be used by six selected Committees of the House of Commons to serve as the basis for detailed work on the implementation of the Assembly`s recommendations. An interim letter revealed that 79% of Assembly members had decided or agreed that the government`s economic recovery would help achieve the net zero target by 2050. The Paris climate talks: towards a safer world? Well, up to a point. Image: From Eric Garcetti to Wikimedia Commons The government has not yet specified whether the costs will be borne by payers or taxpayers, or by the fossil fuel companies that caused climate change. Interprofessional organizations manage the underlying agreements for companies in their sector.
An operator wishing to enter into a CCA must first apply to his inter-profession. The Paris agreement is not without its critics and it is not the agreement that everyone wanted. Many believe that emissions targets are not sufficient and stricter targets are needed to limit the effects of climate change. It is also worrying that some of the agreement`s commitments are not legally binding and, more recently, the President-elect of the United States has raised concerns by promising to withdraw the United States (responsible for 17.8% of global emissions) from the agreement. Sea level rise is expected to be one of the most radical effects of climate change. In this context, there are two main causes of sea level rise: (1) the expansion of seawater as the oceans warm; and (2) the discharge of water into the ocean from ice caps and melting glaciers. The current sea level is on average about 20 cm higher than in 1900. Year after year, sea levels are currently rising by just over 3 mm. We look at what this means and why this historic agreement is so important.