October 27, 2014

European Union Reaches Climate Agreement

Last Friday European Union member countries announced they had reached an agreement that would reduce EU emissions by 40 percent from their 1990 levels over the next 15 years. According to The New York Times, “The accord makes the European Union the first major global emitter to put its position on the table ahead of an important United Nations climate meeting in Paris at the end of 2015.” (At that meeting next year global leaders are expected to discuss a worldwide climate change pact.) 

The EU agreement announced last week also calls for EU countries to get more than one-quarter of their energy from renewable energy sources by 2030.