facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

U.S. criticized on global warming stance

Aug. 7, 2012 at 3:43 PM   |   Comments

BRUSSELS, Aug. 7 (UPI) -- The United States has come under criticism for suggesting the target of keeping global warming below 2 degrees Celsius should be removed from climate talks.

At a 2010 U.N. climate convention governments had agreed to take "urgent action" to meet the target but chief U.S. climate negotiator Todd Stern recently said insisting on the target would lead to "deadlock."

Now the European Union and the Alliance of Small Island States have responded by saying the Unites States should stick to promises made.

"Suddenly abandoning our agreement to keep global warming below 2C is to give up the fight against climate change before it even begins," said Tony de Brum, minister in Assistance for the Marshall Islands.

"'Flexibility' on our 2C limit would set the world on a path to irreversible, runaway climate change.

"For many low-lying island states, including my own, that is not a solution -- it is a death sentence," de Brum told BBC News.

EU climate spokesman Isaac Valero-Ladron said governments -- including the United States -- had a responsibility to live up to prior agreements.

"Also, consolidated science continues to remind us of the dire consequences of going beyond such a temperature increase," he said.

© 2012 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Recommended UPI Stories
Featured UPI Collection
trending
Celebrity Couples of 2014 [PHOTOS]

Celebrity Couples of 2014 [PHOTOS]

Most Popular
1
NASA is sending a 3D printer to the International Space Station NASA is sending a 3D printer to the International Space Station
2
The NSA will now map out the entire Internet The NSA will now map out the entire Internet
3
New scientific discoveries during search for missing Malaysia Airlines plane New scientific discoveries during search for missing Malaysia Airlines plane
4
Dogs are the favorite food of leopards in rural India Dogs are the favorite food of leopards in rural India
5
Electric supercar race ends in a serious crash Electric supercar race ends in a serious crash
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback