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Commission’s emissions pledge: 8 things you need to know

Commission’s emissions pledge: 8 things you need to know

European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen pledged on Wednesday to upgrade the EU’s 2030 emissions reduction target from 40% to 55% based on 1990 levels. Here’s what we have learned this week... Read more

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