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Green showdown: the UK’s election battle for climate action

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🗞️ Driving the news: The UK is on the brink of a general election that puts the spotlight on climate action. Voters demand strong commitments to environmental policies, amidst concerns over the cost of transitioning to net zero 
• This election is seen as a crucial moment that will determine the UK's environmental trajectory and its role in the global climate effort

🔭 The context: 2023 marked the UK's second hottest year, evidencing the urgent need for climate action. Biodiversity is also under threat, with one in six species at risk of extinction
• Despite these challenges, the current climate adaptation plan is deemed inadequate, highlighting a need for increased ambition and funding

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: This election is pivotal for global climate action
• The UK, previously a leader in climate initiatives, risks its reputation by potentially failing to meet ambitious climate goals 
• The outcome will influence the UK's standing in international efforts to combat climate change and achieve the Paris Agreement goals

⏭️ What's next: The election serves as a crucial decision point for voters to endorse policies that effectively address climate change
• The UK’s approach to achieving a sustainable, low-carbon economy will have significant domestic and global implications, impacting its credibility and role in international climate efforts

💬 One quote: "Despite efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the impacts of climate change are expected to continue, highlighting the urgent need for adaptation measures to protect people, homes, businesses, and ecosystems," (UK's Climate Change Committee)

📈 One stat: 2023 was the UK’s second-hottest year on record, with a mean temperature of 9.97C

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