Almost 100 UK businesses, including BT, Coca-Cola, Santander, Unilever, and Heathrow, have written a letter to Boris Johnson telling him he has “a limited window” to show “leadership” on climate issues. The push by companies from across a broad range of sectors reflects frustration over climate policies to match the UK’s net zero emissions goals. Companies such as National Grid, Tesco and the Co-op are demanding more comprehensive action ahead of the UN COP26 climate conference hosted by the UK government in Glasgow in November. “The countdown to COP26 gives you a limited window to show such leadership,” says the letter, seen by the Financial Times.
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Boris Johnson has acknowledged that he has altered his views about the climate crisis over recent years, saying, “the facts change and people change their minds”. As he travelled to the US in a bid to accelerate progress towards an agreement at the Cop26 climate summit, the prime minister was asked about the views of his new international trade secretary, Ann-Marie Trevelyan. The shadow international trade secretary, Emily Thornberry, had highlighted a series of tweets sent by Trevelyan between 2010 and 2012 that explicitly rejected the science of global heating. “Clear evidence that the ice caps aren’t melting after all, to counter those doom-mongers and global warming fanatics,” read one.
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