UK unveils tough new climate goal

UK unveils tough new climate goal
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The United Kingdom will look to cut carbon emissions by 57 percent, from 1990 levels, by 2023, officials there announced on Thursday. 

The government’s new carbon goal builds on past climate change targets, BBC News reports. It is part of an ongoing U.K. strategy to cut carbon emissions by 80 percent by 2050.

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The government’s Committee on Climate Change offered a handful of suggestions on how to meet the new goal, including looking at emissions from the housing, agriculture and transportation sectors and supporting carbon capture and storage technology for fossil fuel-fired power plants. 

Officials announced the new goal less than a week after United Kingdom residents voted to leave the European Union, a move that some worried could endanger climate work in the country.

Amber Rudd, the U.K.’s secretary for energy and climate change, said that “Brexit” makes it harder for the country to deal with climate issues. 

“Climate change has not been downgraded as a threat. It remains one of the most serious long-term risks to our economic and national security,” she said in a Tuesday speech.

“While I think the U.K.’s role in dealing with a warming planet may have been made harder by the decision last Thursday, our commitment to dealing with it has not gone away.”

Despite the new climate goals, the U.K., along with every major country except for France, has yet to ratify the Paris climate deal, an international accord aiming to cut greenhouse gas emissions around the world.