UK general election: parties battle over climate credentials

The UK’s political parties have placed the spotlight on climate change in a bid to attract voters in the upcoming general election, with their newly published manifestos pledging to unleash considerable public investment in cutting greenhouse gas emissions.

On Thursday, the leaders of Labour (S&D), the Liberal Democrats (Renew), the Greens and the Scottish National Party (Greens/EFA) will take part in the UK’s first-ever televised ‘climate change’ election debate. Prime minister Boris Johnson, leader of the Conservative Party (ECR), has yet to confirm his attendance, according to broadcaster Channel 4, which is hosting the debate.

Polling data by YouGov indicates that a record number of voters see the environment as one of the most important issues facing the country, following unprecedented media attention to issues such as plastic pollution and fires in the Amazon rainforest. 

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