MEPs’ tougher climate aims ‘may not meet 1.5°C’

The EU may have to consider its cutting its greenhouse gas emissions by more than the 55% reduction target for 2030 endorsed by the European Parliament

The EU may have to consider its cutting its greenhouse gas emissions by more than the 55% reduction target for 2030 endorsed by the European Parliament if the world is to keep global warming beneath 1.5°C, an IPCC expert has said.

Speaking at a session of the parliament’s environment committee, Professor Hans-Otto Pörtner, the chair of the IPCC’s working group II, said that while the target was “spot on” with a 1.5°C trajectory, it would only be enough if every country in the world agreed to do the same.

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