Climate change: Success of global summit in Glasgow hangs in balance – Dr Richard Dixon. A meeting between the European Union and China in September may be crucial if the world is to agree an ambitious plan to tackle climate change, writes Dr Richard Dixon. The EU is trying to regain the leadership it once had on climate change ambition. Last week, during the UN climate conference in Madrid, it launched a plan for a European Green Deal. This follows a very hard-hitting report from the official European Environment Agency highlighting the major climate and nature crises. The European Green Deal spells out increased ambition on climate change including a 50 per cent cut in emissions by 2030 and net-zero emissions by 2050, as well as new policies to stop the destruction of nature and begin to restore it. The EU used to be an important bloc driving forward action on climate change in the UN talks but over the last decade they have been paralysed by disagreements between countries who want to go further and faster, like Sweden and France, and those who want to keep on burning their coal or protect their car industry, like Poland and Hungary. The EU and China are meeting in September to talk about climate change, and the results of those conversations will also be an important factor in the success or failure of the Glasgow talks. Ambitious words from the European Commission are welcome but there needs to be serious diplomatic work over the coming year for anything like an ambitious plan of action to be agreed before the climate talks in Glasgow.
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