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Climate Change Bill required to alter the law

Published 20/12/2013

IT is reassuring that the Environment Minister, Mark H Durkan, in the Assembly, agreed that climate change "exists" and there is a "need to do something about it".

However, I was concerned to hear he doesn't accept the need for a Northern Ireland Climate Change Bill, saying that he favours a "climate change strategy", which wouldn't be legally binding.

This appears to be in direct contradiction to his party manifesto from 2011, which says: "We will strive for ambitious, legally binding greenhouse gas emission reduction targets of 40% by 2020 and 80% by 2050, to be met through a Northern Ireland Climate Change Act. The financial, environmental and social cost of not doing so is simply too huge".

DAVID THOMAS

Christian Aid Ireland

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