Dutch court doubles down on emissions order

A Dutch Court has upheld a landmark ruling that ordered the Dutch Government to cut the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions by 25% of 1990 levels by 2020.

The announcement by the court upholds a 2015 ruling that was brought before the courts by environmental group Urgenda, which brought 900 co-plaintiffs before the court.

The ruling was appealed by the Dutch government, which will now either contest the appeal or move to double the pace of its greenhouse gas emission reduction rates.

The ruling will also see the government force a closure of a recently opened coal fired power plant in order to comply with the original 2015 ruling.

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