Most countries net-zero carbon targets are often ‘greenwashing exercise,’ claims Oxfam

Barry White

A new report published this week by the international charity Oxfam says governments and companies are “hiding behind unreliable, unproven and unrealistic carbon removal schemes” in order to hit targets. Although global attempts are being made to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050, the charity claims net zero targets are often a “greenwashing exercise”.

Net zero means any emissions that can’t be stemmed by clean technology in 2050 will either be buried using carbon capture and storage, or soaked up by trees, plants and soils.

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The effects of climate change are here!

Barry White

The weather has hardly been out of the news recently. Floods, downpours, droughts, massive forest fires, loss of sea ice, fast rising sea levels and longer, more intense heat waves are making the headlines. Even frozen methane deposits in the Arctic Ocean have started to be released. Methane has a warming effect 80 times stronger than carbon dioxide over 20 years. Many of these actions are resulting in loss of life, homes, workplaces and population movements.

In case you have not noticed, the UK’s climate has also continued to warm up, with 2020 the first year to have temperature, rain and sunshine rankings all in the top 10 according to a report from the UK Met Office.

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