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“Fit by 55”: The EU’s ambitious new climate package — page 1 
Legislation would cut carbon emissions more than half by 2030.
For years, scientists have warned people about climate change, or global warming. Now, it seems we are experiencing more and more negative events caused by global warming, including deadly flooding in Germany and China, extreme heat and massive wildfires in the Northwest U.S. and Canada, and droughts in Africa and Central America. The good news is that countries around the world have promised to toughen their standards on carbon emissions. Carbon emissions are carbon-rich gases, produced by human activities, that trap heat in the atmosphere, raising the temperature of the planet. The bad news is that very few countries have backed up their promises with action — and Earth’s temperature continues to rise.

The European Union, or EU, has been a global leader in carbon emissions promises. The EU is a group of 27 nations in Europe bound by certain treaties and laws that benefit the entire group. But EU officials say they will not fulfill their promises without some immediate changes. For this reason, the EU just announced a package of anti-pollution laws called “Fit by 55.” These laws are aimed at reducing carbon emissions by 55 percent over the next ten years. The EU report stated: “We are at a pivotal moment in the world’s response to the climate and biodiversity emergencies and we are the last generation that can still act in time.”

One of the most important laws being proposed has to do with private vehicle usage in Europe. This law would ban almost all vehicles that run on fossil fuels like gasoline and diesel. This would force many Europeans to change to electric vehicles like the Tesla 3 shown here, or rely on other forms of transportation, such as public transportation and bicycles.

It is important to note that “Fit by 55” has not passed yet. These laws will be presented to the European Parliament, which meets in Brussels, Belgium. Some European politicians have already objected, saying the proposals are too expensive.
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