UK, Home of the Industrial Revolution, to Limit Climate Pollutants
The UK is poised to pass a Climate Change Bill [search] that has been described as “radical” [ark], making it the first country to enact legally binding national targets for reducing the emissions [search] which lead to climate change. Yesterday it passed the British Commons. The legislation includes first of its kind demanding targets for emission reduction (including by aviation [ark]) of 80% by 2050. Further, the bill would require the government to publish carbon budgets every five years and to set up carbon trading schemes. Yet as we know, governments and particularly the UK have had much more luck setting targets than actually achieving them — as China is correct that reducing greenhouse gases is quite difficult [ark].
For a moment lets forgive the fact that 2050 is much too long of time window, and commitments of these sorts need to be global to really matter. Now let's cherish the occasion of the nation and peoples that unleashed the industrial revolution upon the Earth taking responsibility for the industrial pollutants they pioneered and which are destroying the Earth.
The UK government comes to the game late as even reactionary WWF, in their report of the day, highlights we are using 30% more resources than the Earth can provide and that such reckless consumption must be dramatically reduced [ark]. Yet in typical bureaucratic fashion, on the same day another arm of WWF was trying to increase demand for African rainforest timbers [ark]. Both developments illustrate yet again the fact that mainstream environmentalists and reformist governments are more of an obstacle than catalyst to policies of the type and scale — such as ending coal, stopping old growth forest logging, reducing population, heavily taxing greenhouse gases and ecologically restoring native habitats — necessary to save the Earth from climate change and other global ecological crises.