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Norway has just announced that it's taking the lead on the world stage when it comes to cutting carbon. If a global treaty can be brokered in Copenhagen this December, the nation pledges to reduce carbon emissions 40% below 1990 levels by 2020. That's the most ambitious target set by any developed nation--and oh yeah, Norway also pledged to become fully carbon neutral just 10 years after that.The announcement has helped rekindle hopes that a bold global climate treaty is possible--coming on the heels of Japan's ambitious carbon-curbing plans, seems there's a growing willingness to blaze trails on the climate front in the international community.
And that 40% reduction is important for more reasons than it being the most an industrialized country has been willing to pledge thus far--that's the amount that many developing countries are asking for the rich ones to reduce their emissions by.
According to Bloomberg,
The Norwegian proposal "is the type of political will needed to move the climate talks forward to a strong deal in Copenhagen," Greenpeace International Climate Policy Director, Martin Kaiser said today.And that's right--with each nation that comes out and pledges bolder climate action, others will be enticed into following suit. And rich nations--both because of moral imperative and since they're in better economic positions to do so--do indeed need to lead the charge on emissions reductions.
And it looks like that's exactly what Norway plans to do, by pledging not only bold emissions reductions by 2020, but by setting an impressively ambitious sort of 100% reduction by 2030. Even though Norway hasn't specifically outlined its plans to achieve the cuts--the environmental minister only noted that the nation will become "a pioneer country when it comes to environmental policy," and will invest more heavily in renewables--the nation's willingness to make binding cuts is rightfully an inspiration to the international community. The US should take note.