GOVERNMENT TARGETS for reducing greenhouse gas emissions are at best misguided and could be severely damaging to the economy, according to a new report published this week.
In Climate science and policy the enviro-sceptic European Science & Environment Forum (ESEF) warns government against basing policy on worst case scenarios mapped out by bodies including the European Union funded Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and pressure groups.
'Apocalyptic' climate change scenarios of radically altered weather patterns, sea level rise, floods and desertification have little foundation, the ESEF says.
While acknowledging that climate change is taking place, it claims there is no proven link between rising temperatures and man-made greenhouse gas emissions.
The ESEF claims call into question the government's targets for reducing carbon dioxide 10% on 1990 figures by 2010, and 20% by 2020.