Monday 11 December 2017

EU must endorse emissions 'cap and trade' scheme - or face climate change catastrophe

‘Reducing carbon emissions has a cost but will also bring real benefits’. Photo: PA
‘Reducing carbon emissions has a cost but will also bring real benefits’. Photo: PA

Stephen Wheeler

It's been said we're the first generation to feel the effects of climate change, and the last that can do anything about it.

In 2015, world leaders signed up to the COP21 Paris Agreement, pledging to strengthen the global response to climate change and keep global temperature rises this century to two degrees Celsius or lower.

As if to emphasise the urgency, 2016 became the warmest year on record; indeed, 16 of the 17 warmest years recorded have occurred since 2001.

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