Norway takes the lead on climate change, announces commitment to reduce emissions with 40% by 2020

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Big and exciting news are coming today from the UNFCCC climate talks currently being held in Bangkok, Thailand. Norway has announced a commitment to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions with 40% by 2020 – based on 1990 levels.

This emission reduction promise from the Norwegian government is now the biggest commitment announced by any industrialized country. It beats the European Union (the now former climate leader) who has so far only promised a 20% reduction by 2020.

Adopt A Negotiator says in a statement that this is “a great day for ambition” in the climate talks and praises Norway for committing to a target that comes very “close to what the science demands”.

“Norway has shown that we can be ambitious in these negotiations. They have decided to break ice today, to avoid their glaciers melting and to avoid seeing more and more devestating climate consequences around the world.”

I think we can thank the people in Norway for this strong climate commitment. If they hadn’t re-elected the country’s centre-left ruling coalition we might have seen a conservative Norway downplaying the severity of climate change instead.

Now we are just waiting for Norway to also take the lead on banning gas cars after 2015.

via Eco-Digital


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Glad Norway's taking the lead! Hope this encourages others (like the US) to do the same!

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how are they planning on reducing by 40%? do they have a plan or just empty promise?

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Guest Green Tom

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Good to see a country making big targets. I guess only time will tell if it is achievable. Well done Norway, I doubt others will be as keen though.

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It is really great to see almost everyone all around the world taking steps to Go Green. I can see India, Certain Parts of Europe and America are in the list already :) Now it's Norway - the land of midnight sun :) Great! Way to Go Green & Live Green :)

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