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'Danger' of climate talks failure - UK

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Britain has warned of a danger that this December’s international climate talks are in danger of failing to achieve their goal. That goal is to reduce global emissions which scientists say affect our environment.

Several foreign ministers of European Union countries have been working on solutions to remove stumbling blocks. David Miliband urged more ambition. Miliband said: “I think we’re first of all here to sound the alarm that there is a real danger that the Copenhagen deal won’t be achieved unless there is a renewal of political momentum.” This was in Copenhagen, where the UN conference will take place. Current EU presiding nation Sweden, of course Denmark, and Finland were represented, with France singling out less industrially advanced countries for greatest concern. Bernard Kouchner said: “This is a problem of development. Fighting against the consequences of climate change… This is in fact a problem of development.” The EU has scaled back plans to subsidise poor countries’ efforts to battle climate change. Brussels has calculated that their needs add up to 100 billion euros per year. Funding from rich nations has emerged as a major problem. The European Commission has proposed 2-15 billion euros as Europe’ contribution.