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European Union’s Massive Climate Overhaul Is Just the Beginning

The ambitious proposal isn’t perfect, but it’s an encouraging attempt. 

The European Union unveils a landmark climate plan in Brussels.

The European Union unveils a landmark climate plan in Brussels.

Photographer: Thierry Monasse/Bloomberg

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The European Union’s climate plan might be the most ambitious attempt yet to force a major economy to abandon fossil fuels, and by some measures it still won’t be enough to keep global temperatures from rising. But that’s no reason to despair.