Merkel visits Greenland to assess climate change
15 August 2007, Berlin (dpa) - Chancellor Angela Merkel is to inspect the effects of climate change at their most extreme on her forthcoming visit to Greenland, a German government spokesman said Wednesday.
15 August 2007
Berlin (dpa) - Chancellor Angela Merkel is to inspect the effects of climate change at their most extreme on her forthcoming visit to Greenland, a German government spokesman said Wednesday.
At the invitation of Danish Prime Minister Fogh Rasmussen, Merkel is to undertake a trip by sea on Thursday to the Ilulissat Icefjord to see how large chunks of the glacier there are falling off into the sea.
On Friday, the chancellor is to take a helicopter trip over the region.
Government spokesman Ulrich Wilhelm said scientific experts would accompany the chancellor, who is a physicist by training, to explain the effects of climate change on Greenland.
Merkel will also meet Hans Enoksen, prime minister of the autonomous island under the Danish crown.
The three leaders will also discuss bilateral issues and cooperation in the European Union.
Merkel is being accompanied on her trip by German Environment Minister Sigmar Gabriel.
The chancellor has taken a keen interest in climate change, pushing the issue to the top of the agenda at an EU summit under the German EU presidency in March and at the Group of Eight summit that she hosted in Heiligendamm in June.
Wilhelm said the visit was intended to give added impetus to Merkel's initiatives earlier this year.
The trip comes ahead of a range of international consultations. US President George W Bush this month issued an invitation to senior officials of 16 industrialized and emerging economies for talks on fighting global warming on September 27-28.
World leaders will also discuss global warming three days earlier in New York on the sidelines of the annual United Nations summit.
Environment ministers meet under the auspices of the United Nations in Bali in December to discuss a successor to the Kyoto Protocol.
Subject: German news