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 â€“ 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 â€œa great day for ambitionâ€ in the climate talks and praises Norway for committing to a target that comes very â€œclose to what the science demandsâ€.
I think we can thank the people in Norway for this strong climate commitment. If they hadnâ€™t re-elected the countryâ€™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.