THE head of the UK Committee on Climate Change has warned that “we’re stuffed” if we continue to build a massively expanding global economy on fossil fuels. But Scotland is in a better position than the rest of the Britain to cut its climate footprint, says Chris Stark, chief executive of the organisation. Lifestyle changes – such as buying clothes that will not be quickly dumped – need to be part of the change, though people should not be made to feel “guilty” over doing the wrong things. “Looking at the global issue of climate change, it doesn’t matter where the carbon dioxide comes from, it still adds to the global problem,” Mr Stark told FOCUS, the magazine from Highlands and Islands Enterprise. “The IPCC (the body of scientists the UN convenes on climate change) did an amazing piece of work on what it would take to keep temperature thresholds to 1.5 degrees centigrade above pre-industrial levels. This, and other science, told us much about the global trends we need to see in the gases we omit into the atmosphere.
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Scotland’s climate change targets need to be backed up by funding for environmental projects in the upcoming budget, according to the Climate Emergency Response Group (CERG). It has challenged the Scottish Government to put the climate emergency “at the heart of the Scottish budget” when it is delivered by the Finance Secretary. The environmental group, which is made up of business and charity leaders, has now released a report looking at ways public spending can support Scotland’s transition to net-zero emissions by 2045.
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