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Europe after Copenhagen seeks new climate directions

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Europe after Copenhagen seeks new climate directions


The “disaster” of Copenhagen, as Sweden’s environment minister has called the failed climate conference, finds Europe considering how to rebound. Some of the EU member states are backing the idea of a carbon tax imposed at the Union’s frontiers.

The European Union environment ministers have been discussing what to do next, after firm goals were not fixed in the final Copenhagen accord. The Swedish EU presidency chaired a Council meeting in Brussels.

Environment Minister Andreas Carlgren said: “I expect us to discuss both how to continue… but also elaborate on possibilities for alternate ways to work now, because it was a really great failure and we have to learn from that.”

The 27 EU states stuck to their pledge of a 20 percent cut in harmful emissions and a promise of some seven billion euros to help poorer countries — even before a new climate protocol takes effect.

Carlgren said Europe never wavered from its unified position, and he attributed the flunking in Copenhagen mainly to other countries’ lack of will, especially the US and China. The climate talks are expected to resume in Germany next June.

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