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Government told to speed up climate change efforts

The Government is facing a "get real" moment over global heating, its advisers have said.

BBC News are reporting that the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) said ministers were not cutting emissions fast enough, and failing to adapt to rising temperatures.

An annual progress report shows that just one of the 25 emissions-cutting policies the CCC said were vital in 2018 had been delivered in full - the planned continuation of a carbon tax on power station emissions after Brexit.

The CCC acknowledged progress in phasing out coal-burning and planning for flood protection, but on carbon-cutting measures it said the Government had held back onshore windfarms and should end the sale of petrol and diesel cars soon after 2030, not in 2040 as planned. Committee chair Lord Deben said that if the failure to act continued ministers could be sued in court.