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From peatland ‘timebombs’ to overheating homes: What we must do to take action on the climate crisis

Government advisers warn the UK is falling behind in the race to slash emissions to net zero by 2050. Climate correspondent Daisy Dunne explores what we must do to take action

Thursday 24 June 2021 07:00
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<p>The UK has built more than half a million non-heat resilient homes in the past five years, says the CCC</p>

The UK has built more than half a million non-heat resilient homes in the past five years, says the CCC

Woeful. Much too slow. Not hitting the mark. That’s how the UK’s independent climate advisers have described efforts to tackle the climate crisis in their last major assessment before Cop26, a crucial global summit to be hosted in six months.

Ministers are failing to make progress in slashing emissions across almost all sectors of the economy, according to two reports released by the Climate Change Committee (CCC) on Thursday. The findings suggest they are also failing to heed warnings to do more to prepare for escalating climate impacts, which range from hotter and drier summers to more unpredictable storms.

To turn things around, the UK needs to take urgent action to both cut greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to changing climate conditions, the advisers say.

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