US President Barack Obama unveils the Clean Power Plan, calling it the "biggest step ever" in tackling global climate change.
In what some critics are calling a "war on coal", President Obama today unveiled the final version of his plan to tackle greenhouse gases from coal-fired power plants. In a video released by the White House he says: "We can't condemn our kids and grandkids to a world that is beyond fixing."
A White House statement on Sunday said the Clean Power Plan will cut emissions by 32 per cent from 2005 levels by 2030. The plan cuts emissions about 9 per cent deeper than last year's draft, the White House said, but gives states two years more to cut the emissions. It will particularly focus on wind and solar power and other renewable energy sources.
This may encourage the EU to strengthen its proposals for the Paris climate change conference, due to take place in November 2015. The conference objective is to achieve a legally binding and universal agreement on climate, from all the nations of the world - which has previously been problematic, if not impossible, to achieve.