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Greens call for action on climate
A car going through floods
Motorists and householders have already suffered
The Scottish Executive has been urged to take more decisive action to curb climate change.

Green MSPs said the need for a new approach has been emphasised by what they called the "chaotic" weather which Scotland has experienced this summer.

They have called for the matter to be one of the first debates in the new Holyrood parliament building.

The Greens allege that Scotland currently lags behind the rest of the UK on climate change pollution.

Mark Ruskell MSP said: "The situation is very worrying for communities up and down the country and it would give Scots some assurance that the executive was serious about climate change and flooding if it was to set aside time for this important debate.

"We cannot wait till the end of the year to run through another consultation exercise.

"We need to examine the extent of action taken, what needs to be done in the future and whether the executive has all its policies pointing in the direction of tackling climate change."

Scotland is said to be under threat from global warming

However, the Scottish Executive insisted that it is committed to making an equitable contribution to the UK Kyoto target of a 12.5% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2008-2012.

It also said it is working in partnership with the UK Government in moving towards the UK's more ambitious goal.

An executive spokesman said: "The executive supports the UK Government's pledge to put the UK on a path towards reducing emissions of carbon dioxide by some 60% by about 2050.

"Scotland is doing its bit to tackle climate change."

A formal review of the Scottish Climate Change Programme is due to commence before the end of the year.

But Mr Ruskell claimed that greater urgency is needed.

He said: "The torrential rain and flash floods that we are witnessing are all consistent with scientific predictions of the impact of climate change on Scotland - and this past week is just a taster of what we can expect in coming years."

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