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Two degree climate deal unlikely: Reinfeldt

AFP/The Local · 16 Dec 2009, 12:04

Published: 16 Dec 2009 12:04 GMT+01:00

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"We need to keep the two degree target," said Reinfeldt, whose country holds the European Union rotating presidency, but he added: "I'm not sure we'll be able to deliver that" in Copenhagen.

Reinfeldt, who was speaking at the European parliament in Strasbourg, and European Commission chief Jose Manuel Barroso, were due to travel later on Wednesday to Copenhagen to represent the EU at the international climate talks.

A key aim is to limit the average rise in world temperatures to two degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. In an effort to achieve that, the EU has pledged to cut carbon dioxide emissions by 20 percent by 2020, compared to 1990 levels.

It has also offered to increase the cut to 30 percent if other major polluters join the effort.

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"Europe has done its part and is ready to move to 30 percent but we cannot solve the problem alone, we only stand for 13 percent of global emissions, we need the other major emitters to make commitments," Reinfeldt underlined.

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18:46 December 16, 2009 by entry
I am shocked...

According to media reports there is no scientific controversy about global warming: all scientists agree that the globe is warming and that humans are responsible for it. No one dissents.

Something is wrong.

How will we save the planet now?

We are all going to die.

The poor polar bears...
22:49 December 16, 2009 by telos
yes, many things are going wrong. the first one is too much exploitation of the nature to make more profit. this is wild capitalism that makes people, other living things and nature poor.
15:31 December 18, 2009 by BLADESKATER00
You are fools to believe the lies about man made global warming--there is no great consensus among scientists; there is no true science backing the claim of man made global warming--the lie of man made global warming is a red herring for international communism! Its time you wised up--here's one good place to learn the truth: http://scienceandpublicpolicy.org/thankyou.html
17:24 December 18, 2009 by Beynch
With thundering applauses being awared in Copenhagen to the likes of Ortega, Chavez and - of all people - Zimbabwean killer Robert Mugabe, who can take anything seriously coming out of these third world extortionists. The whole Copenhagen thing has turned into an embarrasing three ring circus. Somehow we need to start over on this and attack warming, if there is any, from an entirely scientific angle. To have these useless clowns even opening their mouths anywhere in Europe is a slap in the face to the civilized world. Denmark should not have lowered itself to this gutter level morass. The stench is unbearable.
18:26 December 18, 2009 by MichaelZWilliamson
It's terrible! In the last month alone, the temperature here in Indiana has dropped 35 degrees! If this trend continues, it will be 1720 below zero within 5 years, 1260 degrees below absolute zero! Fortunately, I've started a carbon bailout program that will create or save 1000 degrees in the next year, so Copenhagen only has to agree to deal with 260 degrees.

Oh, for the record, http://www.nasa.gov/centers/ames/news/releases/2009/09-155AR.html California, and therefore pretty much all of North America (since CA is one of our driest states, and Canada is much less populous than the US) is carbon neutral, probably carbon positive.

So it seems maybe Europe has the problem. Or just maybe, the geologists are correct and the Earth is supposed to warm up for the next 5-10 million years as it recovers from the coldest temperatures in the last 300 million.

Now I'm going out back to burn another tire, just to tick off the Greens.
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