Judge commands Dutch government to reduce emissions


This morning the court in The Hague came with the verdict in the “climate case”: the NGO Urgenda sued the state for doing to little to protect citizens against climate change. And the case was won: the Dutch state is ordered to increase measures to lower emissions to at least 25 % compared to 1990 .


The Hague District Court has ruled today that the State must take more action to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions in the Netherlands. The State also has to ensure that the Dutch emissions in the year 2020 will be at least 25% lower than those in 1990.


Some other conclusions from the verdict:


Judge: no country can hide behind another country, small or large.

Judge: there is a serious threat, and 2 degrees is accepted as the maximum based on scientific evidence

Judge: The State must do more to avert the imminent danger caused by climate change . State must provide protection.


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see the full verdict, in english, at http://uitspraken.rechtspraak.nl/inziendocument?id=ECLI:NL:RBDHA:2015:7196


see the news item in the Guardian:


and news  on www.urgenda.nl