Switzerland has become the world’s first country to submit a plan for decreasing greenhouse gas emissions beyond 2020, as foundation to lead others to a United Nations deal to limit global warming due to be set in December. Other nations, including the United States, China, and the breadth of the European Union, have drawn up their plans for slowing the onset of global warming, though they have not forwarded their final plans to the United Nations.
The Swiss government claims it will cut domestic greenhouse gas emissions below 1990 and 2030 levels, with 30 percent by investing capital in carbon-cutting institutions. Christiana Figueres, leader of the United Nations Climate Change Secretariat, said she welcomes many more formal plans to be submitted soon.
Countries have set a temporary deadline of March 31 to send in their first draft of changes regrading global warming to the U.N. Secretariat, so they are able to be analyzed before the Paris summit. Though, the United Nations stated many nations will most likely miss the informal deadline to submit their plans to halt global warming.
By Alex Lemieux
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