EU disappointed by "weak" climate talks result

Europe blames America after failing to launch debate on long-term greenhouse gas targets

EU negotiators departed disappointed from the eighth conference of parties to the UN climate change convention in New Delhi this weekend after losing out to developing countries and the USA over possible greenhouse gas emission cuts after 2012. The final political declaration emphasises the need to adapt to global warming rather than to take long-term measures to cut emissions as Europe had wanted.

The EU went to New Delhi hoping to begin a debate on how the world should respond to global warming after 2012, the end of the current Kyoto protocol target period for industrialised countries to limit greenhouse gas emissions. Europe wants this eventually to include tougher emission targets for rich countries plus movement towards targets for developing countries.

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