Top French Court Gives Government Three Months to Show Climate Efforts

France’s top administrative court has given the government a three-month deadline to prove that it is taking substantial action to meet its commitments on global warming.

France’s top administrative court has given the government a three-month deadline to prove that it is taking substantial action to meet its commitments on global warming.

The French government brokered the landmark 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change. 

A low-lying northern coastal town that is particularly affected by  climate change, Grande-Synthe, was brought before the Council of State  to show the harmful and negative impacts of it.

According to the Council, France has committed itself to reducing its emissions by 40 percent in 2030 compared to the levels in 1990. 

The ruling comes as environmental activists warn that the decline in emissions risked  the new investments in fossil fuels, which will they use to rebound from the coronavirus pandemic. 

According to the 2020 Climate Transparency Report, which 14 think-thanks and NGOs compiled, “by providing unconditional support to fossil fuels, governments recovery responses risk reversing, instead of locking in, positive pre-Covid trends.”


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