Dutch Court Ruling On Climate Change Could Have A Global Impact

NPR.org reports on a ruling made against the Dutch government in regard to tackling climate change:

A court in the Netherlands has ruled that the Dutch government must cut carbon emissions by 25% in order to protect the country from the effects of climate change. Image by taesmileland on freedigitalphotos.net

A court in the Netherlands has ruled that the Dutch government must cut carbon emissions by 25% in order to protect the country from the effects of climate change.
Image by taesmileland on freedigitalphotos.net

In a ruling that could echo far beyond the Netherlands, a Dutch court has sided with an environmental group and said the government must cut carbon emissions by 25 percent in five years in order to protect the country’s citizens.

Many other environmental groups and governments have paid close attention to the Dutch case, and there are similar ones in the works in other countries, including Belgium and Norway.

“The state should not hide behind the argument that the solution to the global climate problem does not depend solely on Dutch efforts,” the judges said in their ruling. “Any reduction of emissions contributes to the prevention of dangerous climate change and as a developed country the Netherlands should take the lead in this.”

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