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A year after pledging to go ‘net-zero', what has the UK achieved?

Posted On: 28 Jun 2020   |   Posted By: Grist

This story was originally published by the Guardian and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.
Last summer, Theresa May signed into law the U.K.'s ground-breaking target of hitting net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 against a backdrop of increasingly vocal Extinction Rebellion protests , school climate strikes , and Brexit-related political turmoil within the Conservative party.
It was one of the last acts of a beleaguered prime minister, under fire after a series of missteps and hemorrhaging support in party and country. Protesters lined the streets, businesses despaired at the lack of leadership and the government seemed to have little strategy for extricating the country from its immediate travails, let alone a viable long-term vision.
Since then, Britain has been transformed by the coronavirus crisis, with the economy mired in the deepest recession for centuries and braced for a possible second wave of infections. But while the skies have cleared and carbon emissions plunged during...

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