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EU Commission just adopted the landmark EU2050 climate strategy for a Climate Neutral EU by 2050. Europe will be the world’s first major economy to go for NetZero2050

The European Commission calls for a climate-neutral Europe by 2050. On 28 November 2018, the Commission presented its strategic long-term vision for a prosperous, modern, competitive and climate-neutral economy by 2050.

The strategy shows how Europe can lead the way to climate neutrality by investing into realistic technological solutions, empowering citizens, and aligning action in key areas such as industrial policy, finance, or research – while ensuring social fairness for a just transition.

A Clean Planet for all. A European long-term strategic vision for a prosperous, modern, competitive and climate neutral economy 2050 long-term strategy

2018 - Vision for a long-term EU strategy for reducing greenhouse gas emissions

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The Commission adopted its strategic vision on 28 November 2018, ahead of the UN climate summit (COP24) from 2 to 14 December in Katowice, Poland.During the conference, the EU will host over 100 side events at the EU Pavilion, including several events on long-term climate perspectives and strategies.More information on EU at COP24

Repeated droughts in Europe will have repercussions for climate mitigation policies: the water and carbon cycles  are interlinked because CO2 rates in the atmosphere increase when terrestrial water storage diminishes: major droughts may cause drastic regional reductions in land carbon sinks. Drought is already ravaging Europe's soils, whose moisture shows a marked decreasing trend. Land restoration, reforestation and reduced and avoided degradation in forests,as well as rehabilitation of wetlands contributes to and increased land use sink. Forests offer a good example of the 
co-benefits that can arise from coordinated adaptation and mitigation.