Germany battles floods as experts say Berlin will miss climate targets

By Zia Weise | 06/05/2024 06:45 AM EDT

Scientists dispute the government’s claim that its 2030 goal will be met.

The historic part of Heidelberg is flooded during high water of the Neckar river in Heidelberg, southwestern Germany on June 3, 2024.

Flooding is becoming more frequent and more intense in Germany as a result of global warming. Daniel Roland/AFP via Getty Images

BRUSSELS — Germany will fail to meet its climate targets, experts said, as extreme rainfall flooded parts of the country.

Towns across southern Germany, from the Swiss border in the southwest to the Czech border in the east, remained underwater Monday, with municipalities along the Danube River preparing for a further rise in water levels. At least four people have died.

It’s the third major flooding event to hit the country this year. Such disasters are becoming more frequent and more intense as a result of global warming, scientists say.


German Vice Chancellor Robert Habeck, who said Sunday that the floods show reducing planet-warming emissions should be “the top priority,” in March declared that data showed Germany was on track to meet its 2030 climate target.