Germany calls for binding climate deal in 2010

Nov 19, 2009

(AP) -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel called Thursday for all countries to fix binding climate change targets next year at the latest, acknowledging that no such deal is likely at global talks in Copenhagen next month.

In a joint press conference with French President Nicolas Sarkozy, she said they were both worried that ambitions for countries to agree on cuts to at Copenhagen "seem to have shrunk."

"Next year, if possible during the first half, we must clinch a binding deal which will have international oversight of each country's obligations," she told reporters on the margins of an EU leaders' summit in Brussels.

Sarkozy said he and Merkel both planned to attend the United Nations conference in Denmark on Dec. 17-18 to push for a deal that limits by no more than 2 degrees by 2050 - and called on other EU heads of state to join them.

"We do not want a summit with bad compromises," he said. "Europe has done a lot, we need movement from all parts of the world."

A panel of U.N. scientists has recommended that developed countries make emissions cuts of between 25 percent and 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2020 to avoid a catastrophic rise in sea levels, harsher storms and droughts and climate disruptions.

The European Union has vowed to slash its emissions by 20 percent by 2020 - and to increase that to 30 percent if other regions also agree to major reductions. Russia and Japan are promising a 25 percent cut over the same period.

The U.S. is considering a far smaller cut - 17 percent from 2005 levels or about 3.5 percent from 1990.

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omatumr
1 / 5 (1) Nov 19, 2009
Accept the Illusion of CO2-Induced Global Warming & Commit Now!

What a sad state of affairs that the head of Germany is now campaigning for binding climate deals based on deeply flawed and politicized science.

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Oliver K. Manuel
defunctdiety
2 / 5 (1) Nov 20, 2009
It doesn't matter what anybody but India and China do. This is not even referring to CO2. CO2 is no threat to humanity. This truth is being acknowledged more and more all the time as People realize the kind of socio-political control it will lead to. Pollution is a threat. India and China need to commit to emissions controls because of REAL pollution. The West has been controlling pollution for over 30 years now, it is the responsibility of developing nations (to the people of their nation and the world) to develop into a clean society.

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