European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso stressed the need for a new
global pact to stem global warming after visiting a Greenland glacier that has
become a symbol of climate change.
"We must do something. The situation is very dramatic," Barroso told Danish news
agency Ritzau after a boat trip late Sunday along the west coast of the giant
Invited by Danish and Greenlandic leaders, Barroso surveyed the Sermeq Kujalleq
glacier, a U.N. heritage site, which has thinned in recent years in one of the
most glaring signs of global warming.
Scientists worry that the melting Greenland ice sheet will cause the global sea
level to rise, with potentially disastrous effects on low-lying areas.
The EU leader told Denmark's TV2 that a new climate treaty with binding targets
on emissions cuts was "one of the most important priorities, if not the most
important priority, in the 21st century."
Barroso said he hoped the main elements of a new treaty to replace the Kyoto
Protocol, which expires in 2012, could be agreed upon at a U.N. climate summit
in Bali, Indonesia, in December.
"It is evident we will not succeed without binding targets and global
commitments," Barroso told Ritzau.
Barroso's three-day trip to Greenland, a semiautonomous Danish territory, was
set to end Monday with political talks in Nuuk, the Greenland capital. He was
invited by Greenland Premier Hans Enoksen and Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh
"Greenland today stands as the symbol of climate changes," Fogh Rasmussen told
Greenland left the EU in 1985, but has an association agreement with the