The British government may bow to mounting pressure from green groups and opposition parties by bringing in a Climate Change Bill, said The Independent on Friday.
David Miliband, the Environment Secretary, is considering what a new law might achieve and there are growing signs that legislation may be included in the Queen's Speech on 15 November. Although no final decision has been taken, options include setting up an independent system to monitor progress in cutting carbon dioxide emissions and implementing measures in the Government's energy review, which will pave the way for a new generation of nuclear power stations.
Mr Miliband wants to ensure the proposed Bill has teeth and is more than just "gesture politics".
But the government opposes a call by Friends of the Earth for ministers to be fined for missing environmental targets.
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