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UK plan to become first G7 Country to go "Net zero" by 2050

Updated: Jul 17, 2019

Prime minister Theresa May has reportedly committed her government and the United Kingdom to reducing greenhouse emissions to become "net zero" by 2050.

Theresa May whilst announcing the plans, claimed that the plans not only will significantly reduce pollution, but will improve the health of the nation, benefiting public health, whilst cutting costs on the already struggling NHS.

The original plans set out and agreed by the UK under the climate act in 2008 were to reduce emissions by 80% by 2050. However today, Theresa May has stated that those plans will be amended to meet the new much more drastic measures being advised by multiple experts on climate change.

So what is meant by "net zero" ?

Today it was announced that The UK will be aiming for "net zero" greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. This terminology means that emissions created from transport, homes and industries will have to be dramatically reduced to the point where they are almost completely prevented.

It is thought that if other countries were to follow the UK with this recent stance, there would be a 50-50 chance for the world to stay below the 1.5C temperature rise required before 2100.

Theresa May explained the reasons as to why the UK must aim to be "net zero" by 2050: "We have made huge progress in growing our economy and the jobs market while slashing emissions. Now is the time to go further and faster to safeguard the environment for our children. We must lead the world to a cleaner, greener form of growth."

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