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31 October 2017

Commenting on the WMO figures released today showing that levels of CO2 in the atmosphere have increased 50% above the 10 year average, WWF Chief Adviser on Climate Change, Stephen Cornelius said:

“As millions enjoyed the amazing ‘Blue Planet 2’ last night here is the very problem that is putting our blue planet at risk. Climate change – including rapidly warming oceans – is caused by emissions from our vehicles, homes, businesses and power plants. Those CO2 emissions are at the highest level they’ve been in 800 000 years.

“We are still emitting far too much carbon into our atmosphere and we are going to miss our internationally agreed targets under the Paris Climate Agreement at this rate. That’s why the UK Government urgently need to honour our commitments by showing bold leadership at the upcoming international climate talks in Bonn – where heads of government will meet to discuss those international commitments made two years ago in Paris. They need to set out more ambitious plans to cut emissions further and faster.

“If we don’t act now, we will be the last generation to experience our blue planet in all its wonder.”

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