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Stronger emissions targets call

Sheep in a flooded field near Glasgow
The report said the weather in Scotland would become even more extreme

Stronger targets for reducing climate change emissions should be backed by Scottish politicians, the WWF has said.

It made the call after projections on how the UK climate would alter by 2080.

The Met Office report said Scottish winters could be up to 3C warmer and 24% wetter, while summers could be nearly 4.5C warmer and 20% drier.

The WWF said a 40% emissions cut by 2020 should be backed by MSPs in next week's vote on the Climate Change Bill, rather than 34% proposed by the SNP.

The UK Climate Projections 2009 report (UKCP09) also predicted sea levels around Edinburgh rising by more than 30cm, the wettest day in the Scottish winter being 30% wetter and snowfall dropping by 60% or more in the mountains.

The WWF has called on politicians to back tougher emissions targets

WWF Scotland's director, Dr Richard Dixon, said: "This scientifically robust analysis of the potential impacts of climate change in Scotland and the rest of the UK predicts a range of future scenarios from unpleasant to unthinkable.

"A warmer Scotland doesn't sound like too bad an idea at first but the reality is that the weather is set to become more extreme and more unpredictable.

"That means more floods, storms, droughts and heatwaves."

He said he was looking for other parties in the Scottish Parliament to bring forward proposals for a 40% target to reduce emissions.

"Next week MSPs will vote on one of the most important pieces of legislation ever to come before the Scottish Parliament - the Scottish Climate Change Bill," Dr Dixon said.

"The government's own climate delivery plan published this week shows Scotland can do more.

"We call upon all MSPs to support amendments that will ensure Scotland delivers cuts in emissions of at least 40% by 2020."

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