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Japan Seen Missing Paris Target With Latest Climate Pledge

  • Nation to curb emissions by 46% from 2013 levels by 2030
  • Prime Minister Suga targets net-zero emissions by 2050
Ikata nuclear power plant in Ehime prefecture, Japan. 

Ikata nuclear power plant in Ehime prefecture, Japan. 

Photographer: Jiji Press/AFP/Getty Images

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Japan won’t meet goals consistent with the Paris Agreement under its latest climate pledge, according to environmental groups that were critical of new targets announced by Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga Thursday.

The country aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 46% by 2030 compared with 2013, Suga said before the global climate summit hosted by U.S. President Joe Biden. The world’s fifth-biggest polluter needs to cut emissions by at least 60% by 2030, to keep average global temperatures from rising more than 1.5 degree Celsius from pre-industrial levels, according to Greenpeace.