Merkel calls on China, India to offer more at Copenhagen

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Merkel said that Germany and the European Union has already provided a "big contribution" by pledging to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent from 1990 levels by 2020.

Berlin -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she is "slightly optimistic" about crunch climate talks in Copenhagen being a success but called on emerging giants China and India to contribute more.

"The aim of this conference must be an international commitment to limit global warming to 2.0 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) by 2050," Merkel said on ZDF public television late on Monday.

"Everybody has to do more, but in particular countries like China and India, which do not even recognise this two-degree target. The United States already does.

"The offers on the table on the moment are insufficient to be able to achieve this two-degree target ... The summit will have failed without an international deal on limiting the temperature rise."

She added: "It will be very expensive. But we cannot afford a rise of more than two degrees."

She said that Germany and the European Union has already provided a "big contribution" by pledging to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent from 1990 levels by 2020, and by 30 percent if other nations do more.

"But one country or one continent alone cannot rescue the world's climate, so what we need here is a global push. In any case I will work intensively until the final hour of the conference to make sure we achieve this," Merkel said.

The 194-nation talks in the Danish capital kicked off on Monday and were due to wrap up on December 18. Merkel is among more than 110 heads of state and government expected for the climax of the summit.

AFP/Expatica

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