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When it comes to tackling climate change, can the UK hold its nerve?

We are in danger of missing legally-binding emissions targets set out in the Climate Change Act. If we’re to fulfil our international obligations under the Paris agreement, we need to up our game—and fast

By Jim Skea  

In March, thousands of people marched in London to demand tougher action on climate change. Some of them dressed up. Photo: DAN LAW/NEWZULU/PA Images

For those of us wrestling with how the world should respond to something so scientifically beyond doubt as man-made climate change, the rollercoaster of short-term politics is dizzying. The ups and downs make it hard to discern whether one’s glass, at any given time, is half empty or half full.

Despite recent events, my glass is, surprisingly, half full in relation to the impact of US climate policy. When it comes to the situation on this side of the pond, in contrast, my glass is…

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