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How Boris Johnson Threatens the UK's Status as a Climate Leader

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Boris Johnson

This story is part of Covering Climate Now, a global collaboration of more than 220 news outlets to strengthen coverage of the climate story.  

The UK talks a good game on climate change, but its efforts may be about to go into reverse under Boris Johnson’s new government.

The country has committed to slashing emissions to “net zero” by 2050. UK coal-fired power stations are virtually a thing of the past. And it has been awarded the honour of hosting next year’s UN climate summit, in partnership with Italy.

But that’s where the good news ends.

Priti Patel

Priti Patel


  • Economics, Keele University. [1]
  • Postgraduate study in British government and politics, University of Essex. [1]


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Liz Truss

Liz Truss


  • B.A. Philosophy, Politics and Economics, Oxford University. [1]


Liz Truss became the UK's International Trade Secretary in July 2019 and is a Conservative MP for South West Norfolk. [2]

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