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Merkel Says World Must Increase Climate Efforts or Risk Warming

July 16, 2012

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said nations must increase climate-protection efforts or risk warming the planet by as much as 4 degrees Celsius (7.2 Fahrenheit).

Current voluntary pledges to cut emissions are insufficient to meet a target to limit warming since industrialization to 2 degrees, Merkel said today at a climate meeting in Berlin. A United Nations summit this year in Qatar “must urgently provide us with new momentum” toward a new climate treaty, she said.

Envoys from more than 190 governments who met in Durban, South Africa, last December agreed to discuss replacing the Kyoto Protocol, which sets emission-reduction targets only for developed states. They’re seeking to devise a new climate treaty by 2015 that will take effect by 2020.

A summit in Doha at the end of this year should be aimed at expanding climate financing, starting to determine the carbon- dioxide reductions needed to meet the 2-degree target, and producing a “road map” to get to a deal by 2015, Merkel said. “A binding treaty sounds like music to my ears,” she said.

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