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Berlin hosts global climate change summit

The Local · 3 Jul 2011, 12:12

Published: 03 Jul 2011 12:12 GMT+02:00

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The meeting, attended by representatives from some 35 countries, was opened by Environment Minister Norbert Röttgen and South African Foreign Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashbane.

South Africa will host the annual meeting of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) from November 28 to December 9 in Durban.

Chancellor Angela Merkel was due to address the gathering on Sunday afternoon.

In her weekly video podcast broadcast on Saturday, Merkel called for a binding agreement between industrialized economies on global warming to ensure that the world’s temperature does not rise by more than two degrees Celsius.

“A number of countries announced (in the wake of the 2010 Cancun summit) voluntary measures, but these will not suffice to reach our objective," Merkel said.

"We also need measures, targeted measures, and if possible treaties that are legally binding. That's what will be difficult. But in any case, time is running short as the Kyoto Protocol is soon to expire," she added.

Kyoto is the only international agreement with binding targets for curbing

greenhouse gas emissions, but China and the United States, the world’s biggest polluters, are not subject to its constraints. It expires in 2012, so there is pressure to make some progress at the summit later this year.

However, the European Union and the US have already indicated that no binding deal will be agreed in Durban.

Nevertheless, Röttgen said Sunday that it was a positive signal that China and the US had sent their chief climate negotiators to Berlin. “Everyone is here in whose hands it rests that progress is made,” he said. “No one has stayed away.”

South Africa’s Nkoana-Mashabane emphasized that a similar meeting held last year in Germany, had been very helpful in preparing for the UN climate summit in Cancun, Mexico.

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Greenpeace demonstrated outside the summit venue next to the Brandenburg Gate in central Berlin on Sunday, calling for rapid progress to prevent global warming. Activists climbed the facade of the building and unfurled a banner saying: “Take Leadership to save the Climate – Yes, you Can.”


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Your comments about this article

01:06 July 4, 2011 by derExDeutsche
Hottest summer EVER !!!
07:28 July 4, 2011 by toemag
Another waste of money, can't we just send them all on an all inclusive package holiday to somewhere nice and warm where they can let their hair down, and shoot the sh!t?
16:14 July 4, 2011 by NikFromNYC
Eight bottled waters per person. "Do as we say, not as we do!"

15:36 July 5, 2011 by Mikgollfer
Man made global warming...same as we didn't know what Hitler was doing...another big lie eaten hook line and sinker by a bunch scared non-thinkers.
15:14 July 21, 2011 by mememine69
Meanwhile, the UN and the entire SCIENCE world had allowed carbon trading to trump 3rd world fresh water relief, starvation rescue and 3rd world education for just over 25 years of climate control instead of the obviously needed population control. I'm not the only former believer urging prosecutors to lay criminal chargers to the leading scientists and news editors for knowingly inciting this needless panic of CO2 climate crisis. Climate Change Crisis wasn¦#39;t sustainability. It was a 25 year old failed CO2 death threat to billions of children. Now who¦#39;s the fear mongering neocon?
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