Global Warming

European Union countries approve landmark climate change law

European Union countries on Monday gave the final seal of approval to a law to make the bloc’s greenhouse gas emissions targets legally binding, as EU policymakers prepare a huge new package of policies to fight climate change which sets targets to reduce net EU emissions by 55% by 2030, from 1990 levels, and eliminate them by 2050.

The climate law also requires Brussels to launch an independent expert body to advise on climate policies, and a budget-like mechanism to calculate the total emissions the EU can produce from 2030-2050, under its climate targets.

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