Britain to propose first-ever legally binding carbon-emission cuts

Tue, 2007-03-13 08:51Bill Miller
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Britain to propose first-ever legally binding carbon-emission cuts

The draft Climate Change Bill introduced by Environment Secretary David Miliband calls for an independent panel to set a “carbon budget” every five years. Opposition parties welcomed the proposals, but said carbon budgets should be set annually.

Miliband, who hailed the move as “the first of its kind in any country,” said annual targets would be too rigid to make allowances for climate variations.

The draft legislation will go to public and parliamentary consultation before becoming law next year, but environmental campaigners want to raise the 2050 target to 80% and set annual 3% cut targets to ensure compliance.

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On Friday, the Environmental Protection Agency's internal watchdog, the inspector general released a scathing report on the agency's failure to control leaks from the nation's natural gas distribution system.

The report, titled “Improvements Needed in EPA Efforts to Address Methane Emissions From Natural Gas Distribution Pipelines,” describes a string of failures by the EPA to control leaks of one of the most potent greenhouse gases, methane, from the rapidly...

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