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UK to miss CC goal

UK to miss CC goal 16 May 2019

UK would miss climate change goal with oil and gas extraction plans, report says (via Belfast Telegraph)

Extracting the 5.7 billion barrels of oil and gas in fields already operating would see the UK miss its climate change goals, a new report warns.

Friends of the Earth Scotland said extracting that amount from oil and gas fields would exceed the UK’s share in relation to the international Paris Agreement to limit global temperature rises to 1.5C above pre–industrial levels.

Industry and government aim to extract 20 billion barrels, according to the study by Platform, Oil Change International and Friends of the Earth Scotland.

The report said that recent subsidies for oil and gas extraction will add twice as much carbon to the atmosphere as the phase–out of coal power saves.

It also found that opening new fields would nearly quadruple the emissions from UK oil and gas.

The report calls on the UK and Scottish governments to stop issuing licences and permits for new oil and gas exploration and development, and revoke undeveloped licences.

Read more via Belfast Telegraph…