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Spain joins over two dozen countries — Declares climate emergency

The Associated Press is reporting that cabinet officials have set targets that coincide with the European Union’s (EU) goals of reducing net carbon emissions to zero by 2050. They also want 95 percent of Spain’s energy to come from renewable sources by 2040.

Full details of the proposed climate emergency plan will be made public after the plan is approved by the parliament. Officials are looking at converting the region’s farming industry to produce zero carbon emissions and eliminate emissions from buses and trucks in the country, according to The Hill.

The declaration on Tuesday came as Storm Gloria battered eastern Spain with strong winds and record waves causing many public services to close. Four people were killed, while the Alicante Airport was forced to temporarily close, disrupting more than 200 flights.

Spain is experiencing an unusually harsh winter, with several killed at the end of last year in similarly extreme weather. Scientists say that the decade just ended was also the warmest ever measured on Earth, and 2019 was the second warmest year on record.

Also on Tuesday, as Spain was doing what they believe is the right thing to do in addressing the climate crisis, President Donald Trump attacked climate activists as “perennial prophets of doom” on while addressing the World Economic Forum, in Davos, Switzerland, where the agenda is focused on tackling the climate crisis.

“To embrace the possibilities of tomorrow, we must reject the perennial prophets of doom and their predictions of the apocalypse,” Trump said. “They are the errors of yesterday’s fortune tellers and we have them and I have them and they want to see us do badly, but we don’t let that happen,” he added.

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Karen Graham is Digital Journal's Editor-at-Large for environmental news. Karen's view of what is happening in our world is colored by her love of history and how the past influences events taking place today. Her belief in man's part in the care of the planet and our environment has led her to focus on the need for action in dealing with climate change. It was said by Geoffrey C. Ward, "Journalism is merely history's first draft." Everyone who writes about what is happening today is indeed, writing a small part of our history.

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