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G8 climate goals

Barroso Critics Back Down

Published lördag 25 juli 2009 kl 12.07
Johan Rockström and Jacqueline McGlade

The authors of an opinion article that criticised European Commission President José Manuel Barroso have backed down in their criticism.

Writing in the Swedish daily “Dagens Nyheter” as EU environment and energy ministers began their informal meeting Thursday, the Executive Director of the European Environment Agency, Jacqueline McGlade and Johan Rockström, Executive Director of the Stockholm Environment Institute, say Barroso is trying to give the impression that there is scientific proof that global warming could be stabilised at only 2 degrees Celsius by reducing emissions by half by 2050 compared to 1990.

They say that this is false and a dangerous and irresponsible move "lulling humanity into a sense of false security".

However, McGlade now says she hadn’t seen the article before it went to print and would never have used such language. She says she has telephoned Barroso to apologize.

Johan Rockström says it was unfortunate that Barroso was named in the article, as the aim was not to criticise him but rather the climate policies of the G8.

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