Austria declares 'weather emergency' before surveys

Austria declares 'weather emergency' before surveys

VIENNA: The Austrian parliament decided on Wednesday to declare a "climate emergency", making the fight against climate change a priority, just four days before the national elections.

The environment is the main concern for voters in Sunday's quick polls in the small Alpine nation of 8.8 million people, according to polls.

Amid a series of other favorable measures for voters, parliamentarians of all parties, except the extreme right-wing Freedom (FPOe) party, supported the resolution of the largely symbolic measure, already adopted by many other parliaments and cities Nationals

FPOe legislator Walter Rauch rejected the statement as an attempt to create "climate hysteria far removed from any reality."

All parties, including the FPOe that ruled the country as a minor partner in the then-chancellor Sebastian Kurz's coalition until a corruption scandal in May, have made a promise to protect the environment in their campaigns.

In Sunday's polls, the Kurz Popular Party (OeVP) is expected to be the strongest again, while the Greens, who failed to enter parliament in the last elections in 2017, are inclined to achieve the greatest achievements. .

Austria is seen as a pioneer in several fields, such as organic farming and renewable energy.

But it falls short in terms of reducing greenhouse gases.

Between 1990 and 2017, Austria and five other members of the EU were the only members of the EU that saw their greenhouse gas emissions increase, while the entire union fell by 22 percent.

Britain's parliament became the first in the world to declare a weather emergency, approving the motion on May 1.

According to The Climate Mobilization, a US NGO. UU. Driving these statements, more than 1,000 local authorities in cities and towns around the world have declared a climate emergency.
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