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De Standaard - Belgium | Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Hope for the climate

The ambitious climate goals set at the G7 summit are at least a start, comments the liberal daily De Standaard approvingly: "The biggest polluters like Russia, China, India and Australia are still blocking progress. Current figures show that the consumption of old-fashioned coal is increasing once more. The low oil prices with which the Opec countries had hoped to torpedo North America's fracking industry are reducing the sense of urgency regarding investing in renewable energies. … So there's reason enough not to start popping the champagne yet. … Cynicism is a safe bet - it's mostly the cynics who are right. But cynics don't ever change anything. Nor do the naïve, it's true. But at least they try."

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