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Europe criticises US climate goal commitment

European representatives have criticised the US for appearing to withdraw support for a UN climate goal, after US climate envoy Todd Stern called for a “flexible approach” to the agreement, according to Reuters.

Speaking on 2 August, Stern said that the UN agreement to limit rising temperatures to below 2 degrees Celsius, formed at the 2009 summit in Copenhagen, should be adaptable to take account of new technologies. “This kind of flexible, evolving legal agreement cannot guarantee that we meet a 2 degree goal, but insisting on a structure that would guarantee such a goal will only lead to deadlock,” Stern is reported to have said.

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