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Nov 14, 2016 04:21 AM EST
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Germany's coalition government has decided to take a big step in fighting climate change by cutting its greenhouse gas emissions by 80 to 95 percent in just by the year 2050. Pictured above is one of the coal-mine activists who attempted to block the railway in direction of the coal mine company Vattenfall factory Schwarze Pumpe on May 14, 2016 near Spremberg, Germany.
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Good news for the environment! Germany's coalition government has decided to take a big step in fighting climate change by cutting its greenhouse gas emissions by 80 to 95 percent in just by the year 2050.

According to a report from the Independent, the decision comes a week before the global climate summit, which will be held in Marrakesh, Morocco. The decision to cut back carbon emissions at a drastic will ease the pressure on Germany with regards to emission during the global climate summit.

“Especially the sector targets, included in the climate protection plan, will be subject to a comprehensive impact assessment,” said government spokesperson Georg Streiter via The Guardian.

Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks will present the agreement once the ministers' has come to a vote on Monday. Previously, ministers and the coalition has had a grueling negotiation after coming to the agreement due to the fear that the cut on carbon dioxide emissions might affect businesses, and , in turn, create unemployment.

"Other countries will only follow in the footsteps of our very ambitious climate policy if we manage to combine the fight against climate change with the protection of industrial jobs even in energy-intensive sectors," said Social Democrat leader and deputy chancellor Sigmar Gabriel.

Karsten Smidt, a spokesperson for Greenpeace International, showed support to the decision. “By committing to halving emissions in the energy sector, the government’s climate action plans effectively hail the phase-out of the coal industry and the end of the era of the combustion engine," Smidt said.

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