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Majority of EU states, including Germany, now support 2050 net zero climate goal

Germany’s blessing means that Berlin joins the economic powerhouses of France, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom in pushing for the EU’s economy to reducing carbon emissions to net-zero by 2050.

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Germany must lead efforts to revive international climate action

A gulf is opening up between politicians and the people they claim to lead. Just as political elites around the world struggle to understand and respond to populism, isolationism and xenophobia, a new, more positive and more hopeful movement is welling up.

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China’s Xi backs climate-friendly finance on Europe tour

Xi and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron promised to “resolutely defend” the UN system, implement the Paris Agreement on climate change and mobilise finance to meet its goals. That contrasts with the US administration’s rejection of the Paris deal under Donald Trump.

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German climate law draft calls for net-zero emissions by 2050

German environment minister Svenja Schulze is calling for an ambitious goal to cut emissions by “at least 95%” by 2050 and remove the remainder from the atmosphere, in a draft of the highly anticipated Climate Action Law seen by Clean Energy Wire.

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Coal phase-out will increase German need for gas, says Merkel

Under pressure to block a gas pipeline from Russia and end coal power, the chancellor tied their fates together — German chancellor Angela Merkel linked the building of a controversial Russian gas pipeline to the fate of her country’s coal industry in comments on Wednesday. Germany faces criticism from EU partners and the US for …

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German 2030 climate target ‘very, very challenging’ to reach, says Merkel

Planned climate protection law means 2030 target would ‘ideally’ be met, chancellor says, and flags closure of coal plants — The German government will introduce a climate protection law to ensure the country reaches its 2030 climate targets, but achieving these goals will be “very, very challenging”, said chancellor Angela Merkel during her annual summer …

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EU leaders tackle political flare-up over migrants

The talks involving 16 of the 28 European Union leaders aim to mend rifts over the migrant crisis — (BRUSSELS, Belgium) European Union (EU) leaders headed to Brussels for emergency talks Sunday, June 24, over migration as Italy’s new populist cabinet turned away another rescue ship, vowing no longer to shoulder Europe’s migrant burden. The …

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