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Date published: 2005/12/27

The BBC says:

The UK is almost alone in Europe in honouring Kyoto pledges to cut greenhouse gases, a think-tank claims.

Ten of 15 European Union signatories will miss the targets without urgent action, the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) found.

The countries include Ireland, Italy and Spain.

France, Greece and Germany are given an "amber warning" and will not reach targets unless they put planned policies into action, the IPPR said.

Only Sweden and the UK were on course to meet their commitments, the think-tank's study found.

IPPR associate director Tony Grayling commented: "We are nearing the point of no return on climate change.

"We have very little time left to start reducing global greenhouse gas emissions before irreparable damage is done.
An EU body - the European Environment Agency - warned in November that the EU was likely to cut its emissions by only 2.5% by the year 2012 - rather than the 8% the bloc promised.

Not very surprising. And the only reason the UK will meet its targets is because of the "dash to gas" away from coal for power generation. So it's rather a con (if technically correct). And the IPPR is (of course) contributing its own hot air on the subject. In particular, perhaps Grayling will kindly tell us exactly what is the "point of no return on climate change" and what is the "time left to start reducing global greenhouse gas emissions", since he obviously thinks he knows. The world's problems will not be solved by these professional chatterboxes, instead they will be solved by engineers and scientists. Stop funding the former and spend the money on the latter.

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