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Dutch court orders government to cut carbon emissions

Dutch court orders government to cut 25 percent of greenhouse gas emissions by 2020

Dutch court orders government to cut carbon emissions

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) -- A Dutch court has ordered the government to cut the country's greenhouse gas emissions by at least 25 percent by 2020 in a groundbreaking climate case that activists hope will set a worldwide precedent.

The Hague District Court made the ruling Wednesday in a case brought by a sustainability organization on behalf of some 900 citizens, claiming that the the government has a duty of care to protect its citizens against looming dangers -- including the effects of climate change on this low-lying country.

Climate activists in the courtroom cheered as the presiding judge read the ruling.


Updated : 2021-04-18 13:57 GMT+08:00