Huhne sets out UK ambition for Durban
Speaking before the start of UN climate talks on Monday in South Africa, he said a global deal “is an absolute necessity”.
Urgent need for action
Between 1990 and 2010, there was a 29% increase in the warming effect on our climate system - carbon dioxde emissions accounted for 80% of this.
This comes after the International Energy Agency warned over the urgent need to switch to clean power.
Friends of the Earth is calling for:
- A binding climate agreement by 2015
To protect people from climate change and boost British jobs.
- The EU to back a new climate change deal
even if other countries with big carbon emissions fail to follow suit.
- An agreement that excludes carbon trading
Rich countries need to cut emissions by at least 40% by 2020.
The UK must also find new funding to help poor countries reduce emissions – helping these nations grow cleanly will lower the cost of renewable energy worldwide, and save all of us money long-term.
What you can do
Please ask Tomasz Chruszczow, Europe's lead negotiator in Durban, to ensure a strong, fair climate agreement.