Green opposition LMP has initiated a day of debate in parliament on climate change, with the support of the opposition party groups and independent lawmakers, deputy group leader Erzsébet Schmuck said on Tuesday.

The party wants the government to support the strictest climate protection targets, she told a press conference.

Schmuck, who heads parliament’s sustainable development committee, said climate change would become irreversible within a decade and timely action is needed to prevent it.

“The government is not taking this danger seriously despite three-quarters of the population believing that there is a high danger,” she said.

When the European Commission is working towards stricter climate targets, Hungary is lobbying for car manufacturers operating in Hungary and maximising their profits, she added.

Among the bad consequences of climate change, she cited a 50 percent drop expected in the potato harvest this year and a drop in barley which could drive up the price of beer.

The Hungarian government is obliged to participate in joint European action, and LMP demands that the government support as strict climate protection targets as possible during the climate summit in Katowice this December.

Source: MTI

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