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Berlin declares emergency in climate



The Berlin Senate on Tuesday declared a climate emergency for the German capital, paving the way for additional efforts in terms of climate action.

The Berlin Mayor, Michael Mueller, said following the Senate session, “We have put on record that we want to go beyond our present goals of lowering carbon dioxide emissions by 85 per cent, compared to 1990 levels.

“We want to achieve significantly more than this 85 per cent. But there is no concrete percentage included in the Senate’s decision,“ Mueller said.

Sen. Regine Guenther, who leads the Senate’s department for the environment and drafted the decision, wanted to include a goal of at least 95 per cent before 2050, but could not secure approval.

However, with its decision, Berlin followed in the footsteps of numerous municipalities around the world, including around 50 in Germany, which had declared climate emergencies.

Edited by: Yahaya Isah/Felix Ajide

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