US told to ‘wake up’ over climate change

The EU demanded Washington "wake up" at UN climate talks in Bali on Thursday, the Guardian reported, describing next month's US-led talks on emissions cuts as "senseless" without binding targets.

EU officials said president Bush's climate-change meeting next month in Hawaii was "meaningless" if Bali did not produce an "ambitious roadmap".

Stavros Dimas, the European commissioner for the environment, insisted a cut of 25% to 40% in emissions by 2020 for developed countries was a necessary part of any agreement reached at the end of the conference on Friday.

But the US, the only major industrial country to have rejected the Kyoto protocol, wants these figures removed from the document.

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