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Röttgen calls for 30-percent carbon cuts

The Local · 13 Dec 2010, 08:31

Published: 13 Dec 2010 08:31 GMT+01:00

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Following the latest climate conference in Cancún, Mexico, Röttgen said the deep cuts were essential to meet the renewed goal to keep global temperature rises to within two degrees Celsius by 2100 of pre-industrial age averages.

Previously Europe had committed to cuts of 20 percent. The financial crisis, moreover, has dented enthusiasm for tough climate measures.

“Europe will only keep its leadership role on climate change if we push ahead decisively and reduce our emissions by 30 percent by 2020 compared with 1990,” Röttgen told the Rheinische Post. “This is an appropriate rate for compliance with the two-degree goal.”

The international community agreed in Cancún to recommit itself to stop average global temperatures rising more than two degrees Celsius.

German economist Ottmar Edenhofer, who co-chairs the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, told the Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung that the Cancún meeting represented progress, but warned against too much euphoria.

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“That is not much, but it’s better than nothing,” he said of the two-degree goal.

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10:20 December 13, 2010 by HANNIBAL-BARCA
After giving away all those damned Carbon Credits a 30% cut by 2020 is a feeble gesture. Yet it's ostensibly intrepid given the dismal failure of the Cancun ventures inability to produce any accord of substance. I'm sure the next dominant species will marvel at our self-destruction.
11:22 December 13, 2010 by Simon_Kellett
"30% cut by 2020" is meaningless unless you specify a reference year. IIRC 1990 is often taken, but the Americans prefer the higher 2000 levels but AFAIK the Copenhagen Accord does not specify any reference year: one of it's many shortcomings :-(
03:54 December 14, 2010 by DOZ
With Canadian Conservatives leading a campaign against the credibility of Global Warming, Germany will be hard pressed in achieving it's goals. I suspect that Canada's failure to secure an invitational seat at the U.N.S.C., after loosing out to Germany, Canada will have an even stronger Mandate to stop Germany's goals here. The Carbon Reduction Community has a real enemy in the Canadian Conservative Camp. Since it was a Friedrich Karlheinz Hermann Schreiber who brought down former Conservative Brian Mulroney's reputation, Germany, and Germans as a whole, should be wary of any Canadian Conservative.
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