The EU wants its car industry's fleets to emit 35 percent less carbon dioxide by 2030. But industry officials are criticizing the environment ministers' deal as neither economical nor technically feasible.
A day after the UN warned the world was "running out time" on climate change, EU ministers have battled over the extent of emission cuts on carmakers. Germany is concerned more ambitious cuts would be bad for business.
An alarming report from the United Nations climate panel has been met with a shrug from the German government. Angela Merkel once promoted herself as a champion of climate protection, but those days are long gone.
The European Parliament has proposed even tougher 2030 targets for car and van emissions than advocated by the Commission. Manufacturers whose fleets exceed the average goal would pay fines to fund re-training.
The UN has issued its starkest warning yet over climate change, but says it's not too late to avoid the worst impacts of global warming. Political will is required — but there are also things you can do.
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