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Sweden concerned over climate talks

AFP/The Local · 25 Sep 2009, 08:15

Published: 25 Sep 2009 08:15 GMT+02:00

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Reinfeldt, whose country is the current head of the EU, came to the US city of Pittsburgh for a 20-nation economic summit after top-level talks at the United Nations on climate change.

"We are both very worried about the situation," Reinfeldt said at a joint news conference with European Commission chief Jose Manuel Barroso.

"When it comes to the negotiations, they are in fact slowing down; they are not going in the right direction," Reinfeldt said. "We are very worried that we need to speed up the negotiations."

Little more than two months remain until the conference in Copenhagen, which is meant to approve the framework of a successor to the Kyoto Protocol, the landmark treaty that required cuts in emissions blamed for global warming.

The European Union and Japan have been the leading champions of the Kyoto Protocol, which made no requirements on developing nations to cut carbon emissions.

But rich nations including the United States are united in insisting that the next treaty also require action by emerging economies.

Chinese President Hu Jintao told Tuesday's climate summit that the world's biggest developing nation was prepared to slow down the growth of its carbon emissions as it develops, but he did not set a figure.

The G20 summit open on Thursday with disturbances in central Pittsburgh. Some 1,000 activists had gathered to protest against the talks and in the area around the University of Pittsburgh some shop windows were smashed as police battled to gain control.

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The disturbances were described by the mayor of Pittsburgh, Luke Ravenstahl, as less than feared with organizers fearing that up to 30,000 illegal demonstrators would descend on the city.

AFP/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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10:34 September 25, 2009 by aaww
bullshit !!!

swedish politicians should realize that they should focus on internal affairs and solve domestic problems more than just bla bla about climate change, let the G20 giants take care of that.
10:43 September 25, 2009 by karex

With Sweden as the current head of the EU it would be a huge conflict of interest to concentrate on domestic affairs and forget about the rest.
12:23 September 25, 2009 by zircon
What the Swedish PM should ask of his colleagues, is "What world do we want? And what world do we already have?"

23:34 September 25, 2009 by Greg in Canada
Sweden is a quite small country (pop 9 million) that always likes to peacock strut on the world stage as if it was a big guy player.. That's not necessarily such a bad thing because quite often Sweden does bring up some very good international issues, even if they usually do it in a holier than thou sort of way.. Sweden can almost always say whatever it wants because they're not a super power and therefore won't always be taken seriously. If the USA said the exact same thing then the Americans would get criticized from somewhere just because they are the world's super power.
02:48 September 26, 2009 by Investor612
Amazing how convinced some people are about the manmade causation of climate change. The climate is an incredibly complex interaction of literally dozens of factors. Many of these factors are individually poorly understood. The pompous declarations that "the debate is over" illustrates another agenda, a poilitical one, is at work.
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