UK to study carbon cuts as deep as 80%

Britain will study whether it can commit to cutting its carbon emissions by as much as 80% by 2050, the prime minister said on Monday.

Gordon Brown’s government published a draft Climate Change Bill a week ago, committing to a 60% cut in carbon dioxide emissions by 2050, but environmentalists said it should have looked at even deeper cuts.

The government will now set up an independent committee to study whether it should commit to even deeper cuts of 80%, the prime minister said.

"Our vision has one overriding aim: holding the rise in global average temperature to no more than 2 degrees centigrade. This requires global greenhouse gas emissions to peak within the next 10 to 15 years and be cut at least by half by 2050," Brown told a meeting hosted by environment group WWF.

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