Dutch court orders government to accelerate carbon emission cuts

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In a significant judgement, a court in Hague has ordered the Dutch government to accelerate carbon emission cuts, imposing a 25% reduction from the 1990 levels by 2020, higher than the 17% cut planned by the current administration.

The ruling came a day after the launch of a new IPCC report which warned that the world is running out of time to avoid a dangerous level of warming.

Acceptance of the decision would mean that the country would have to nearly double the entire amount of greenhouse gas emission cuts it has made since 1990 within one year.

This would mean shelving of projects such as the opening of new coal plants.

The government has the option to appeal to the Supreme Court, a step it is likely to take.

The case was brought into the court by Urgenda campaign

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