Europe: EU urges all major economies to raise climate goals by November summit

The European Union’s top diplomat on Thursday called on the world’s biggest economies to set tougher climate targets – including a commitment to eliminate their greenhouse gas emissions – in time for a global climate summit in November.

At the start of the week, a U.N. report laid bare the seriousness of global warming, which is dangerously close to exceeding the limits countries agreed were needed to prevent the most severe consequences of climate change.

Wildfires and floods are already causing devastation and a monitoring station in Sicily on Wednesday recorded a temperature of 48.8 Celsius (119.84°F), which some scientists believe could be the highest in European history.

“The challenge is now to make sure at the Glasgow summit that all major economies take ambitious enough, measurable and verifiable 2030 targets and climate neutrality commitments,” EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said in a blog post.

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