Scotland leads, Australia continues to trail behind

The Scottish Parliament set itself the most ambitious greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets in the world last month, passing a law that will set the framework for a 42% emissions reduction by 2020 on 1990 levels. Although the Scottish Government doesn’t have control over all of Scotland’s emissions (which are also covered by the EU and the British Government), this sends a signal that it is taking the climate crisis seriously and trying to bridge the yawning gap between the science and the policy.

Compare this to the 34% cut passed by the UK Parliament and the 5% on the table from the Rudd Government.

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