Climate scientist: EU needs separate targets for CO2 cuts and carbon sinks

The European Commission’s proposal to set a net greenhouse gas reduction target for the next decade is fraught with uncertainty and risk, former vice-chair of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Jean-Pascal van Ypersele has said on the eve of a crucial vote in Brussels.

by Robert Hodgson
Forest fires: “You think you have absorbed carbon in trees, and then those trees go up in smoke.” (Image: PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP via Getty Images)
Forest fires: “You think you have absorbed carbon in trees, and then those trees go up in smoke.” (Image: PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP via Getty Images)

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