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The UK government has failed to make any progress on its climate plan, according to a report by its own advisers. The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) said that the government has not delivered on any of the 24 recommendations it made last year to cut greenhouse gas emissions and prepare for the impacts of global warming. The CCC warned that the UK is not on track to meet its legally binding target of reducing emissions by 78% by 2035, compared to 1990 levels. It also said that the UK is not ready for the risks posed by climate change, such as heatwaves, floods, droughts and wildfires.

The report comes as the UK prepares to host the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow in November, where it hopes to persuade other countries to raise their ambition and action on climate change. The CCC said that the UK's credibility as a global leader on climate depends on its domestic performance. The CCC urged the government to take urgent action across all sectors of the economy and society, including transport, energy, buildings, agriculture and industry. It also called for more public engagement and support for low-carbon lifestyles and behaviours.

The government responded that it welcomes the report and that it is committed to meeting its climate targets. It said that it will publish a comprehensive net zero strategy ahead of COP26, outlining how it will achieve its emissions goals and adapt to climate change.

Original Source: The Guardian