21 Oct 2008 05:10:57
EU urged to act on accelerating climate change
Even as some EU nations dither over committing to carbon emissions reductions, a new report has revealed that climate change is happening faster than expected.
A report by the WWF released yesterday urged the EU to take urgent action, noting that the Arctic Ocean is losing sea ice up to 30 years ahead of the predictions made by the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
The report said: "Under global warming, summer ozone levels are projected to be similar to those found during the summer of 2003 [when some 35,000 extra deaths occurred across Europe as a result of heat stress], with the largest increase projected to occur over England, Belgium, Germany and France."
Dr Tina Tin, author of the report, said that as well as taking EU-wide action to target climate change, EU states needed to commit to higher emissions cuts and boost the proportion of energy generated by renewables in order to be able to demonstrate leadership at talks in Copenhagen next year, which are a follow on from the famous Kyoto discussions.
However, Italy has claimed that ten of the EU's 27 member states supported calls to delay planned reductions.
The UK by contrast has raised the target for cutting carbon emissions to 80 per cent by 2020.http://www.panda.org/about_wwf/where_we_work/europe/news/...