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Leading from the front with climate change bill

A framework for moving to a low carbon economy and containing ambitious targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions has been unveiled by the UK government. In its draft climate change bill, the government proposes setting in law its domestic goal of a 60% cut in carbon dioxide emissions by 2050. The long time frame is intended to give industry, businesses and households the incentive and confidence to invest in low carbon technologies such as carbon capture, wind, wave and solar. The draft bill also proposes a system of "carbon budgets" set 15 years ahead to give clarity on the UK's pathway towards the 2050 target. Ambitious action at home will give the UK the moral authority to press for international agreement on a follow up to the Kyoto protocol, the government hopes. The climate change bill is the first of its kind in any country, claims state environment secretary David Milliband. "Government must rightly lead from the front on this, but we want everyone -- the public, industry, parliament -- to have their say and help us ensure that the bill really delivers," he says.

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