EU Governments Agree to Cut Carbon Dioxide Emissions

European Union governments agree to a goal of cutting emission 20% by 2020.

European Union governments agreed in principal to set ambitious goals to curb greenhouse gases in an effort to combat global warming. The 27 nations' environmental ministers on Tuesday decided on a goal of cutting carbon dioxide emissions 20% by 2020.

EU environment ministers will meet Thursday to discuss how each country can reach individual 20% targets, with the possibility of structuring a compromise to share the burden of the target between nations.

German Environment Minister Sigmar Gabriel told a new conference that the ministers also agreed to support a goal of cutting greenhouse gas emissions globally 30% by 2012 - but the EU would call for other industrialized nations to meet the European commitment to emissions reductions. The Associated Press reported that the 30% cut referred to 1990 levels.

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