European Union rejects setbacks "unacceptable" in gas emission cuts
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The European Union rejects an “unacceptable” proposal by the Egyptian presidency of COP27 on climate, which called into question previous commitments on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, a French government source said today.

“At this stage, the Egyptian presidency is calling into question the achievements of Paris and Glasgow on the reduction of emissions. This is unacceptable for France and for the EU countries,” a source in the entourage of the French Minister of Transition told AFP. Energetics, Agnès Pannier-Runacher.

A cornerstone of the fight against climate change, the 2015 Paris Agreement aims to limit global warming to “well below 2ºC” compared to the pre-industrial era and, if possible, to 1.5ºC. This ambition was reaffirmed at COP26 in Glasgow last year, says the AFP.

“The problem is that the Egyptian presidency is trying to approve a text that would lift the obligations of states to regularly raise emission reduction targets to 1.5 degrees”, said the same source.

The United Nations climate conference (COP27), with negotiations stalled on issues such as funding for poor countries, has been extended until this Saturday, when it should have officially ended on Friday night.

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