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Japan’s woeful climate plan amounts to science denial

(Climate Home News, 3 Apr 2020) Japan recently submitted a ‘new’ climate action plan largely reiterating its old targets for 2030.

This is not just woefully inadequate for meeting larger climate goals, it also negates science and sets a bad precedent, especially as Covid-19 engulfs the planet.

Already, the role of the leading emitters such as the US have made the goals of Paris Agreement more turbid.

And Japan’s plan issued on 30 March, known as a Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC), further muddies the issue. The fight to address climate change has never been more serious, even though the 26th annual UN climate summit – Cop26 – has been postponed in the wake of global pandemic.

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Climate Home News, 3 Apr 2020: Japan’s woeful climate plan amounts to science denial