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EU submits climate plan to UN

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The European Council on Friday approved the European Union's domestic climate change plan and sent it to the United Nations — a key milestone as crucial December negotiations in Paris approach.

Under the EU's five-page plan — known in U.N. parlance as an Intended Nationally Determined Contribution — members of the bloc committed to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by at least 40 percent of 1990 levels by 2030. The target itself was proposed last year, but is now being formally transmitted to the U.N. for the first time.

Countries have agreed to attempt to formally submit their INDCs by the end of March. The domestic plans will form the building blocks of the post-2020 international climate change agreement, which nations hope to finalize in Paris later this year. more

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