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Two-degree target crucial to Copenhagen, minister says

AFP/The Local · 6 Dec 2009, 12:34

Published: 06 Dec 2009 12:34 GMT+01:00

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"An agreement that global warming must not surpass 2.0 degrees (Celsius, 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit average over pre-industrial times) must be the goal for Copenhagen," Norbert Röttgen told the Bild am Sonntag newspaper ahead of the conference's start on Monday.

"If in the end the two-degree limit is not part of the accords, Copenhagen will not be a success," he told the paper, warning that the stakes could not be higher.

"If we carry on as we have, life as we know it on this planet will no longer be possible," he said.

The minister, from Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative Christian Democratic Party, welcomed US President Barack Obama's decision to attend the meeting.

"That is a clear signal that Obama wants a success and, despite the risks, is willing to put his weight into it," Röttgen said.

"He knows if America does not live up to its leadership responsibilities in Copenhagen, it will lose its technological leadership in the world in the long run. Obama has got to deliver now on the climate issue."

Röttgen called on his fellow Germans to do their part by buying cars that are less environmentally harmful.

"We must reach the point where citizens pay attention first to fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions and then to speed and horsepower,” he said.

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The 192 members of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change aim to forge a new pact to curb greenhouse gas emissions and their impact after the Kyoto Protocol expires in 2012.

The UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change said in its so-called "business-as-usual" forecast that voracious use of coal and other fossil fuels would see planetary warming of 4.0-to-6.4 Celsius by 2100 compared with 2000, unleashing catastrophic effects.

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Your comments about this article

14:26 December 6, 2009 by berlinski
Great idea, we can start by all these ministers and leaders at the summit giving up their state cars and setting an example by using public transport more.
16:36 December 6, 2009 by Bryan Conner
If these leaders and scientists attending this meeting really believed that carbon emissions were harming the environment, they would have remembered that we are in the 21st century and we have a very green technology called VIDEO CONFERENCING!!!!! and they would not have flown their polluting private jets and driven cars to the summit. The people attending this summit are reportedly going to create the same carbon emissions as the country of Morroco did in the entire year of 2006! read about this here http://www.khmerlovekhmer.org/?p=29284
21:30 December 6, 2009 by duckys
What is even worse... is that they probably had to have a truck to deliever the block of ice on display and the way it looks it probably was man made... meaning... a big freezer... or a big ice cutter that needed gas to opearate... which created fumes....

Give it a rest..... Geez!!!!!!!!!
13:38 December 7, 2009 by ron1amr
The ice sculptor looks like a polar bear. In recent news a polar bear was witnessed killing and eating a cub polar bear because of ice coming late. So a very serious sign of troubled times ahead. For too long politicians have been sitting on the fence and carrying on with business as usual. It reflects back to the people that vote politicians in power. The politician makes super money from the sale of fossil fuels in return gives certain people benefit so the people vote them in.

We can all go battery. Follow Portugal making most of wind, tidal solar and human waste as gas power as they have no natural resources. I heard there is a garage in Japan that charges your car by solar. Personally I think we are too late its like taking an overdose of drugs. Overdose of carbon emissions.
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