More needed to curb global warming: Dutch agency

8th October 2009, Comments 0 comments

Developed countries must raise their emissions reduction targets by 10 percent to limit global warming to a rise of 2 degrees Celsius.

The Hague – Rich countries must raise their emissions reduction targets by 10 percent for global warming to be arrested at two degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, a Dutch environmental agency said on Wednesday.

"The current proposals for Copenhagen by the developed countries ... to reduce emissions do not yet suffice to limit global warming to a rise of 2 degrees Celsius," the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency said in a statement.

"Even if pledges are interpreted in the most optimistic way, the proposals collectively fall short of the 25 percent to 40 percent reduction target."

Proposals by the EU, US and Japan fall five to 15 percent short of meeting the goal, those by Canada 25 percent and by Russia and the Ukraine 35 percent, said the agency, an environmental policy adviser.

A new global climate treaty is to be hammered out at a December conference in Copenhagen.

AFP / Expatica

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