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Minister Presents Iceland’s Environmental Policy

Minister of the Environment Thórunn Sveinbjarnardóttir introduced Iceland’s new policy on environmental issues at the Althingi Parliament yesterday. The government supports the global policy to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 20 percent by 2020.

The global goal is for the earth’s atmosphere to be no warmer than 2°C above the mean temperature before the industrial revolution in the early 19th century.

The opposition parties criticized the new policy. Chairman of the Progressive Party Gudni Ágústsson said it contained nothing new, while chairman of the Left Greens Steingrímur J. Sigfússon called the policy “a pretty wrapping paper around nothing.”

The government coalition parties, the Independence Party and the Social Democrats, have disagreed on which policy Iceland should adopt in this matter during the 2007 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Bali, Indonesia, which began on Sunday, but representatives of both parties met on Monday to reach an agreement.

Sveinbjarnardóttir will join the conference next Saturday.

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