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Fracking ‘threatens UK’s climate change targets’

Shale gas fracking will undermine the UK's ability to achieve its 2050 climate change target unless the industry is strictly regulated, according to a report by a government advisory committee.

The Committee on Climate Change report, produced in March, was published by the Department of Energy and Climate Change on 7 July alongside the UK government’s response.

The committee, a statutory body set up to advise ministers on greenhouse gas levels at five-yearly intervals, concluded that the exploitation of shale gas on a significant scale was not compatible with UK climate targets unless three tests were met.

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