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United Kingdom: Edinburgh becomes 100th 10:10 council

Source:  Copyright 2009, Guardian
Date:  December 8, 2009
Original URL: Status ONLINE


Allegra Stratton

Political correspondent

Edinburgh today becomes the 100th council to sign up to the 10:10 climate change campaign which will bind it into cutting carbon emissions by 10% by next year.

The landmark comes on the 100th day of the 10:10 campaign, backed by the Guardian, with the total number of people now served by councils that have signed up to 10:10 now totalling more than 18 million, nearly a third of the population. Nearly 50,000 individuals and over 1,700 businesses have signed up to the campaign which is encouraging people and organisations to cut their carbon emissions by 10% by the end of 2010.

Alexis Rowell, who has been coordinating council signups to the 10:10 campaign, welcomed the announcement. He said: "Councils like Edinburgh are the unsung heroes of the 10:10 campaign. When a local authority says it will cut its emissions by 10% in 2010, then it is bound to set a plan and residents can check progress. ...

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