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Paris declares climate emergency

The municipal government of the French capital has urged politicians to honour the undertakings of the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement.

City leaders have also decided to establish a “climate academy” for young people. In addition, they will also set up a permanent expert committee to provide answers to environmental protection issues.

Paris will have municipal elections next year. The current mayor, Anne Hidalgo, has recently announced a number of environmental initiatives, for instance about curtailing car traffic and the ‘greening’ of the vicinity of the Eiffel Tower.

Paris is not the first city to declare a climate emergency: Vancouver in Canada, Oakland in the US, Basel in Switzerland and London have all made similar decisions previously. The lower house of the French Parliament, the National Assembly also declared a climate emergency at the end of June, although no specific measures have been taken so far.

The UN climate agreement adopted in December 2015 was signed in the French capital; its primary objective is to keep global warming below 1.5 degrees Celsius, or at least below 2 degrees Celsius relative to preindustrial levels Photo: Shutterstock

Source: MTI – Hungarian News Agency

Further information: France 24

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