UK must “heed” climate scientists warning say MPs

It is clear the UK must “heed” the warning of climate scientists and avoid “downgrading” its plans to slash greenhouse gas emissions, MPs said in a report today. The group […]

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By Vicky Ellis

It is clear the UK must “heed” the warning of climate scientists and avoid “downgrading” its plans to slash greenhouse gas emissions, MPs said in a report today.

The group of MPs who sit on the Energy and Climate Change Committee reviewed the methods of research from the IPCC, the international climate change body, for its latest report.

Acknowledging there are “uncertainties” – as in “all areas of science that involve highly complex dynamic systems”, the MPs argue this does not “blur the overwhelmingly clear picture of a climate system changing as a result of human influence”.

Dismissing the critics of climate science, they write: “There is no scientific basis for downgrading the UK’s ambition to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The Government and the international community must heed the IPCC’s warning and work to agree a binding global deal in 2015 to limit climate change to manageable levels.”