‘Absolutely ridiculous’: top scientist slams UK government over coalmine

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Exclusive: Prof Sir Robert Watson says backing of Cumbrian mine refutes claims of climate leadership

One of the UK’s most eminent environmental scientists has called the government’s failure to block a new coalmine in Cumbria “absolutely ridiculous”.

Prof Sir Robert Watson said the UK’s commitment to net zero emissions by 2050 to tackle the climate crisis was “wonderful”, but that there had to be a focus on immediate actions. The UK is hosting a UN climate summit, Cop26, in November and Boris Johnson has pledged to lead a green industrial revolution.

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