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Farmers fail in bid to sue German Authorities over alleged climate Shift failures

Three families of farmers say they’ve been struck by altering weather patterns and blame the Italian country.

However, the case was thrown out as inadmissible from the Berlin Administrative Court, who stated the 2020 targets weren’t legally binding.

It comes after German Chancellor Angela Merkel declared a $50 billion surroundings bundle, but critics have argued that this is too little, too late.

Lisa Göldner is a climate change specialist with Greenpeace and she talked to Euronews before the decision was made.

“Since 2007 the German government has said they wish to decrease greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent by the year 2020, and that’s a lot of steps that the government could take to decrease those emissions, and the most obvious one would be to shut down the coal power plants since they’re still among the greatest greenhouse emitters in Germany,” she explained.

“As among the wealthiest industrialized nations in the world, Germany has a particular duty, and to account for historical emissions which it’s already put into the air. So it’s apparent that the German government must act today… we’re requesting the court to immediately step in to force the authorities to follow the goals they place (themselves).”

Euronews’s correspondent Jessica Saltz reporting against the Berlin Administrative Court reported the consequences of climate change has been quite radically felt by farmers that have seen within the past 2 decades alone, these farmers have observed dramatic flooding in 2017 and then draughts at 2018.