World’s Happiest Countries Target “Net-Negative Emissions”

( – The world’s happiest countries are striving for more than just net-zero emissions, rather they are striving for “net-negative emissions.” This achievement would mean that more Carbon Dioxide is being taken out of the atmosphere than is being emitted.

Finland and Denmark are the top two happiest countries pushing towards a net-negative emissions future. If they can achieve this, they would no longer be contributing to climate change, and they would be helping to slow global warming.

Finland, which was named the happiest country in the world for the seventh year in a row, would be the first high-income country to achieve net zero emissions by 2035. Denmark, which is considered the second happiest country in the world, is planning to reach net zero by 2045.

Danish Climate Minister Lars Aagaard spoke out on climate emissions and how important change is. “I don’t think that people will accept such a future. So, for us, negative emissions are needed, and we cannot meet our long-term climate commitments without it,” he said and continued, “It is timely to discuss it now. We can’t wait.”

Last year, Denmark, Finland, and Panama announced the Group of Negative Emitters, which is a coalition of countries that want to remove more carbon dioxide than they produce.

Finnish Climate Minister Kai Mykkänen said that it was “the right thing to do” when referring to leaving fossil fuels behind, and he said that they are set on expanding their “climate handprint.”

This all comes amid the “greenlash” that the EU is experiencing. Farmers and those skeptical of climate change have spoken out against the European Union’s policies meant to tackle the climate crisis.

In Germany and France, many have spoken out about their lack of support for such policies, which has become a political controversy. In the United States, there has also been pushback when it comes to climate change policy.

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