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Climate crisis lessons from the UK

Published: 5 September 2019

Environment and Community Committee Chair Penny Hulse recently spoke with Mike Thompson, Head of Carbon Budgets at the UK’s Committee on Climate Change (CCC). Mr Thompson was in New Zealand speaking about carbon reduction.

The CCC is the independent statutory adviser to the UK Government on its climate targets and carbon policy, created under the Climate Change Act.

Mr Thompson was one of the CCC’s first staff members in 2007 and leads the committee's work on mitigation – how fast the UK should cut emissions and how that can be done. Most recently he led the work for the committee’s report, Net Zero – The UK’s contribution to stopping global warming, setting out how and why the UK should end its impact on global warming within 30 years.

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