ENVIRONMENTAL campaigners have said that a crucial UN report on climate change due to be published on Monday should fuel increased ambition from the Scottish Government. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5C is widely expected to say that all governments need to ramp up their action over the next decade if the world is to avoid 1.5C of warming. Campaign groups are expected to lobby the SNP conference on Monday to take their message directly to party members. Friends of the Earth Scotland (FoES) climate campaigner, Caroline Rance, said global warming would have the biggest impact on developing countries. “This report is likely to be the strongest ever about the necessity of urgent and wide-ranging changes needed to cut emissions around the world. In Scotland this means we need an immediate end to exploration for new oil and gas, urgent delivery in areas such as home energy efficiency and support for farmers to move to climate-friendly methods of agriculture. The Climate Bill being considered by MSPs currently doesn’t deliver Scotland’s fair share of global efforts to keep temperature rises below 1.5C.” Rance added: “It doesn’t meet the First Minister’s promise to act in line with the historic Paris Climate Agreement. It also commits to almost no new action in the crucial next decade up to 2030.
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