Says the country perhaps most dependent on oil revenue.
The fight against global warming should move to the top of the world’s political agenda and the European Union has to lead the shift to climate-friendly policies, Denmark’s Climate Minister Martin Lidegaard said.
“Climate change is not only an environmental time-bomb, it is a serious threat to our economies and wellbeing,” Lidegaard wrote in a statement during an online discussion hosted by the WWF’s Climate and Energy Forum today. “The writing on the wall is crystal clear: we have to act now.”
The Danish call for more efforts to reduce greenhouse gases, which scientists blame for global warming, comes as climate envoys worldwide ended a week of informal discussions in Bangkok today to prepare the groundwork for the next United Nations summit. The talks were “mired in petty politics” and governments are “still not showing the ambition,” environment lobby Greenpeace said in a statement today.
Without further action to lower pollution, the planet is set to warm by 2.6 to 4.1 degrees Celsius (4.7 to 7.4 degrees Fahrenheit), according to a report yesterday by Climate Action Tracker, a project run by three European research groups. That would mean exceeding the key threshold of 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial level, which UN scientists say may cause more heat waves, flooding and intense storms.
Climate policies in the past few years have been hamstrung by the recession and the ensuing concerns that the fight against global warming was “too costly, given the state of public finances and depressed economic growth,” according to Dimitra Mavraki, a former adviser at the Greek environment ministry.