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Copernicus: May 2024 is the 12th consecutive month with record-high temperatures — Friends of the Earth reaction

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Reacting to the news that last month was the hottest May on record, Mike Childs, Friends of the Earth’s head of policy, said:

​“It’s sadly no longer surprising to see reports of historic temperature highs, as May marks the 12th consecutive month of being the hottest on record.

​”Alarm bells should be ringing, but our two main political parties are seemingly oblivious to the scale of disruption that further climate breakdown will bring. The next government must take urgent action because the UK is veering dangerously off track from meeting its national and international climate targets. 

​“We need all political parties to promise investment in insulating homes, fitting heat pumps, improving public transport, building the green industries of the future and restoring nature. Right now, the government only spends a fraction of the £50 billion a year it raises on environmental taxes on green measures. Investing more of this money on cutting harmful carbon emissions would not only boost the economy and improve living conditions, but also put the UK back on course for meeting its climate commitments.” 


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