Monday, 25 June 2012

Rio disappointment - and Scotland may miss climate targets

The International Trade Union Confederation has said it is bitterly disappointed at the outcome of the Rio+20 conference on sustainable development.

General Secretary Sharan Burrow hit out at the failure of world leaders to agree concrete actions and warned there are "no jobs on a dead planet."

She said the final declaration "lacks the concrete measures necessary now to end senseless environmental destruction, drive investment into the green economy to create jobs and reduce the alarming growth in inequity with the guarantee of social protection for the most vulnerable people."

Meanwhile Stop Climate Chaos Scotland has warned that exactly three years after the country's world-leading climate act was passed, there's a risk the targets will not be met.

The coalition said Ministers should realise that climate change policy is at a crossroads. Tom Ballantine, SCCS Chair, said:

“They can choose to stick to their current path and miss the targets in the Climate Change Act, risk our global leadership on this agenda and forfeit the many benefits Scotland could enjoy.

“Or they can take action now to put us on the right road to a low carbon future. Our world-leading legislation is still lacking the world-leading policies that we need.”


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