Tag Archives: GHGs

24 June 2015

Court formulates concrete obligation for the Netherlands to further limit greenhouse gas emissions

Today, the Hague District Court ordered the Dutch State to take more action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the Netherlands. In its judgment the District Court formulated a concrete obligation: the State has to ensure that Dutch emissions in the year 2020 will be at least 25 per cent lower than emissions in 1990. Current Dutch policy aims for a reduction of 17 per cent at most in 2020. As this is below the norm of 25 to 40 per cent for developed countries that is deemed necessary to have a real chance at preventing dangerous climate change, the Urgenda Foundation and 886 individuals had requested the court for a ruling. (more…)

Source: De Rechtspraak | State ordered to further limit greenhouse gas emissions | Press Release | The Hague, 24-06-15

15 April 2015

Dutch citizens take government to court for failure to prevent harmful effects of climate change

In a ‘landmark legal case’, nearly 900 Dutch citizens have filed a claim against the Dutch government for a failure to effectively reduce greenhouse gas emissions, mitigate climate change, and for the ‘co-creation’ a dangerous future world. The action is a case of ‘firsts’; it represents both the first attempt by European citizens to hold their government accountable for inefficient climate policies, and the first use of existing human rights law to found a claim in respect of climate change. (more…)

Source: Think Progress | In Landmark Case, Dutch Citizens Sue Their Government Over Failure To Act On Climate Change

24 September 2014

Financial sector pledges to mobilise USD 200 billion to fight climate change in developing countries

Governments, investors and financial institutions pledged on 23 September 2014 to mobilise USD 200 billion by the end of 2015 for low-carbon programmes in developing countries, giving a significant boost to the UN goal of reaching USD 100 billion annually by 2020. (more…)

Source: UN News Centre | Financial sector to help mobilize $200 billion to fight climate change in developing countries

27 September 2013

IPCC climate report: humans ‘dominant cause’ of warming

On 27 September 2013, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change published its fifth report on climate change. The report says that scientists are 95 percent certain that humans are the ‘dominant cause’ of global warming since the 1950s.

The panel warns that continued emissions of greenhouse gases will cause further warming and changes in all aspects of the climate system. To contain these changes will require ‘substantial and sustained reductions of greenhouse gas emissions’.

Source: BBC | IPCC climate report: humans 'dominant cause' of warming