A “climate and environment emergency” was declared by the European parliament yesterday ahead of a United Nations summit in Spain next week. The European Union must cut its carbon emissions by 55 per cent in the next decade, according to a motion passed by MEPs by 429 votes to 225. The move, sponsored by President Macron of France, is symbolic, allowing the EU to take the moral high ground at the 12-day COP25 UN climate summit in Madrid. Pascal Canfin, a French MEP and member of the French leader’s Renew Europe bloc in the EU assembly, said that the declaration would underline European division with Donald Trump, who has pulled the US out of climate change targets.
Times 29th Nov 2019 read more »
The European parliament has declared a global “climate and environmental emergency” as it urged all EU countries to commit to net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. The vote came as scientists warned that the world may have already crossed a series of climate tipping points, resulting in “a state of planetary emergency”.
Guardian 28th Nov 2019 read more »