Global Wind Day urges G8 leaders to stop subsidising fossil fuels and switch to renewables



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Global Wind Day, celebrated annually on 15 June, enables citizens to discover wind energy across the world. This year an online action has been launched to put pressure on world leaders, ahead of the G8 summit on 17-18 June to keep their commitment to phase out fossil fuels and switch to renewable energy. The level of subsidies to fossil fuels has gone up by nearly 30% to $620 billion [1] since 2010 and today fossil fuels receive six times more subsidies than renewable energy [2] . Meanwhile atmospheric global carbon dioxide levels have reached a record high of 400 ppm [3] seriously hindering efforts to bring human-produced emissions under control.