Britons must slash their meat consumption by 20 per cent to reach net zero emissions by 2050 

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Britons must slash their meat consumption by 20 per cent, cut out dairy and reduce food waste to reach net zero emissions by 2050.

The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has published a damming report that says if the UK is going to meet its targets significant changes to land use are needed.

Changes - Level - Levy - Industries - Creation

Most of the changes are at a national level including a new levy on the most polluting industries to help fund the creation of new woodlands and plant trees.

Natural England, the Environment Agency and the Forestry Commission have pledged to work together to deliver nature-based solutions to climate change.

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The CCC says the government and agencies must commit to make the significant changes necessary for the UK to reach its climate change goals.

Individuals and landowners will also play a part, the CCC want the government to develop schemes to reward farmers for cutting emissions and protecting wildlife.

Agencies - Bulk - Changes - Flood - Defences

Agencies involved in delivering the bulk of the changes say they will also use natural flood defences such as trees, leaky dams, wetlands and salt marsh.

They will also encourage the use of timber for construction to help shift away from carbon intensive materials such as steel.

Scale - Challenge - Approach - Nature - Recovery

'Given the scale of the challenge, a joined-up approach that embraces nature's recovery is not an optional extra, but must be central to the whole plan,' said Tony Juniper, chairman of Natural England.

He said this was to both 'catch carbon and to help us adapt to what are now inevitable climate change impacts'.

News - Peatlands - Re-establishing - Forest - Cover

'The good news is that restoring of peatlands, the re-establishing of forest cover, and the re-naturalising of the coast will deliver multiple additional benefits for the country, including for our wildlife and collective health and wellbeing.'

The National Farmers Union says the UK produces some of the most sustainable food in the world and emission from...
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