DUTCH COURT ORDERS THE NATION TO ACT FASTER TO REDUCE GHG EMISSIONS
A Dutch district court in The Hague ruled that the national government must reduce greenhouse gas emissions faster than planned, a decision following a suit filed by the Urgenda Foundation, an environmental organization, on behalf of 900 Dutch citizens. The opinion declared that the state must cut emissions to 25% below 1990 levels by 2020. The country is currently on pace to be at 17% of 1990 levels by that year. To some observers the decision is a landmark ruling, especially if it withstands appeal. But others question the ruling's significance, pointing to the Netherlands' small portion of emissions compared to the rest of the European Union, and noting that a lengthy legal battle is still likely before the ruling is final. For the full story, see http://uk.reuters.com/article/2015/06/24/netherlands-carbon-court-idUKL8N0ZA1ND20150624.