Merkel: Climate change is a challenge for humanity

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Saturday that it would require a "feat of strength" in order for Germany to reach its climate goals by 2030 as planned, news wires reported. "Climate change is a challenge for humanity. In order to deal with this challenge, it will require a real feat of strength," Merkel said in the video posted on the chancellery's official website. She pointed out that passing climate legislation was necessary in order for the country to be able to achieve its goal of producing 65% of energy from renewable sources by 2030.

"And we already see that climate change is reality. In the last 50 years, storms, heat waves and floods have tripled in Germany as well”, Merkel said. She added that in 2018 Germany emitted twice as much CO2 as the global average. "Of course, we don't need to beat around the bush, protecting the climate costs money," Merkel continued, and said that she believed the price would be even higher if no action is taken.

On Friday, Germany's coalition government made up of Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU), their Bavarian sister party CSU and the Social Democrats (SPD) will present a package of climate measures that are designed to ensure that Germany fulfils its commitments to curbing climate change, dpa reported. The German chancellor said they were looking into innovative measures and into putting a price on carbon emissions. The state would give back the money taken in from such a CO2 tax by investing in climate neutrality.

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