Dutch government loses climate case appeal

The Supreme Court of the Netherlands rejected on Friday a government appeal against a historic ruling that it must cut greenhouse gas emissions by 25% by 2020, five percentage points beyond what it has agreed with the EU.

UN special rapporteur on human rights and the environment David R Boyd said the ruling was a “nail in the coffin” of the fossil fuel industry and a “huge victory” that could have repercussions beyond the Netherlands.

“This is the most important climate change court decision in the world so far, confirming that human rights are jeopardised by the climate emergency and that wealthy nations are legally obligated to achieve rapid and substantial emission reductions,” Boyd said.

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