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1. NATIONS:

European Commission agrees to 40% GHG cuts by 2030

The European Commission today launched its climate change blueprint for the coming decades that includes a plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent. José Manuel Barroso, president of the European Commission, called the plan "ambitious but feasible, the most cost-effective for the 2050 road map." The framework also maps out European renewable energy goals through 2030.

2. SCIENCE:

Targets of climate hate mail rally to support one another

At a time when climate scientists are increasingly encouraged to engage with the media, the activity also reveals them to the blogosphere of skeptics, who, with the push of a key, can focus their followers' attention on a given researcher. An influx of vitriolic emails can be intimidating, scientists say, but such experiences have also forged stronger links among researchers.

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