Spain Adopts National Climate Emergency Declaration
Spain adopted a climate emergency declaration earlier this week, with officials promising to send legislation to the national parliament in the next 100 days to drive action on the crisis.
“Cabinet officials have set targets that coincide with the European Union’s (EU) goals of reducing net carbon emissions to zero by 2050,” The Hill reports, citing The Associated Press. As well, the government “wants 95% of its energy to come from renewable sources by 2040.”
AP says the country hopes to hit the target by bringing emissions from agriculture, buses, and trucks to zero.
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“Spain is one of more than two dozen countries that have declared similar states of emergency over climate change in recent years, with many doing so when the EU’s European Parliament declared such an emergency in November,” The Hill notes. “A United Nations report in November found that drastic action is needed by world governments to cut carbon emissions in order to avert the worst effects of climate change, including severe weather patterns and rising sea levels.”