In a deal with other left parties, the Social Democrats agreed to raise the country’s climate targets and place the green transition at the heart of policy Danish prime minister Mette Frederiksen (Photo: Denmark’s government announced a “new political direction” based on an ambitious climate manifesto, released on Wednesday. Social Democrat leader Mette Frederiksen, 41, became the country’s new prime minister on Wednesday, after she secured a political deal with three other left-wing parties to form a one-party minority government. Under the agreement , the new government pledged to introduce binding decarbonisation goals and strengthen its 2030 target to reduce emissions by 70% below the 1990 level – the current target is 40%. The left-wing alliance acknowledged this was “a very ambitious target” and that the last five points of emissions reduction to 70% would be “particularly difficult to reach”. But the alliance warned “the world and Denmark are in a climate crisis” and that limiting global temperature rise is “not just the right thing to do, it’s also the most economically responsible one”. Four countries have declared climate emergencies, yet give billions to fossil fuels The leftist alliance described the election as “a historic opportunity to set a […]

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