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2019.12.27 09:15

Lithuania can no longer distance itself from climate change effort, president says

Vaidotas Beniušis, BNS 2019.12.27 09:15

All laws adopted in Lithuania should be considered in terms of their possible environmental impact, President Gitanas Nausėda says.

As the year is coming to an end, the president underlined in a commentary that Lithuania “can no longer distance itself from the resolution of global problems linked to climate change”.

“We need more discussions on pollution reduction and environmental protection, and the results of these discussions must affect public decisions,” the president said in the commentary published in The Economist and IQ's publication of predictions The World in 2020.

“All laws adopted in Lithuania need to be considered in terms of their possible environmental impact,” Nausėda underlined.

According to the president, long-term goals can be achieved if the country makes adaptation to climate change its “competitive edge”.

Lithuania and other EU member states have recently committed to building a climate-neutral economy by 2050.

Scientists agree that human economic activity during which heat-trapping gases are released contributes to global warming. The key heat-trapping greenhouse gas is carbon dioxide.

To reduce pollution, countries should invest more in carbon capture and storage technology, electrification and fossil fuel alternatives, as well as encourage consumers to change their habits.

Climate change in Lithuania increasingly manifests itself in more frequent and intense heatwaves as well as changes in precipitation when periods of heavy rainfall are followed by dry periods, and squalls also happen more frequently.

More frequent weather contrasts also pose threats to people's health, and climate change affects water pollution, causes more forest fires, and heatwaves affect the quality of roads and railways as well as impede construction work.

Protest actions have been held at increasing frequency all over the world in recent years to encourage politicians to step up their fight with climate change.