On the news today is the EU’s new proposal for targets on Climate Change emission standards. It seems like they are proposing a 20% decrease on greenhouse gas emissions by the year 2020. Although this has just been proposed and not yet approved by the member countries they seem to be patting themselves on the back and proudly stating that this is “the most ambitious policy ever”.
"If this was adopted it would be by far the most ambitious policy ever -- not only in
Europebut the world -- against climate change," European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso told a news conference.
Whether these policies ever get implemented is anybody’s guess. Sadly, even if these policies come to fruition, the targets are not nearly enough to make significant progress in the fight against Climate Change.
"Scientific findings show that it simply won't be enough for the EU to only reduce CO2 emissions by 20 percent by 2020 if we want to avoid catastrophic climate change," said Jan Kowalzig, climate campaigner at Friends of the Earth Europe.
When will policy makers actually listen to the scientists? It would take cooperation between all countries of the world and drastic measures to affect Climate Change. Considering the catastrophic impact of neglecting what scientists have been saying for decades about Climate Change it is mind-boggling that governments are not more inclined to make the environment the top of their agenda.
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