EU GHG Emissions Dropped 24% in 30 Years

EU GHG Emissions Dropped 24% in 30 Years

Since 1990, the European Union has reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by 24 percent. It’s all part of the bloc’s goal of making Europe the first climate-neutral continent by 2050. The next big step toward that goal will be hitting a 55 percent reduction by 2030 — more than doubling the change over the last 30 years in the coming decade. The details of those goals will be hammered out in meetings next month

Why This Matters: Europe’s pledge to reach neutrality by 2050 is a legal commitment that guides banks, policies, and decision-making. Each of the EU’s 27 countries must now write its own plan for how to reach these targets.

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European Climate Leaders Welcome Biden Win

European Climate Leaders Welcome Biden Win

Even before the election was called by the major networks for Joe Biden, climate-focused European politicians and elected officials were among the first to congratulate the President-elect on his victory

Why This Matters: Currently, the US is one of only a very few countries not committed to the global effort to curb emissions and keep rising temperatures in check.

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Hero of the Week: Arshak Makichyan

Hero of the Week: Arshak Makichyan

Arshak Makichyan is a 26-year-old climate activist in Moscow, Russia who has been inspired by Greta Thunberg’s strikes for climate and activism. But, as Reuters reported, “unlike the Swedish teenager, who has galvanized a global movement of young environmentalists, Russia’s tough protest laws and people’s general apathy towards activism has made the 26-year-old’s campaign a […]

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European Commission Agrees To Green Deal Stimulus, But Is It Green Enough?

European Commission Agrees To Green Deal Stimulus, But Is It Green Enough?

The Guardian and S&P Global reported that after days of haggling, the European Commission settled on an $864 billion USD recovery fund for the next 3 years, plus a five year budget with a target of spending 30% of that to support the EU’s climate commitments.  

Why This Matters:  Activist leader Greta Thunberg immediately criticized the deal as not being good enough.

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One Amazing Thing: Inspired by Greta, a Centenarian Vows to Fight Climate Change

One Amazing Thing: Inspired by Greta, a Centenarian Vows to Fight Climate Change

Inspired by Greta Thunberg, 101-year-old Marian Sachs has vowed to take a stand against climate change in her own Los Angeles retirement community. After having read about Greta’s movement, Sachs tried to think of a way that she could make a difference and along with fellow resident Marion Marx, decided to push her community to […]

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One Cringey Thing: Prophets of Doom Unite 

One Cringey Thing: Prophets of Doom Unite 

Donald Trump’s totally bizarre climate speech at the World Economic Forum this week was supposed to appease business leaders, but even the ones who are still slow-walking climate change were totally put off by it. Cartoon by ODP cartoonist, Alex Bowman. 

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