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Barroso sees 'dramatic' climate change in Greenland

Source:  Copyright 2007, EU Observer
Date:  June 26, 2007
Byline:  Helena Spongenberg
Original URL: Status ONLINE

Climate change is the most important political issue in the European Union, European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso said after a visit to Greenland to see the effects of global warming first hand.

"We need to do more. The situation is very dramatic," Mr Barroso said according to Danish daily Politiken.

"Greenland is without doubt one of the areas on the planet which are most affected by climate change," he added, while explaining that it was essential for him to see the effects of warming with his own eyes.

Greenland – a self-governed Danish territory - is the world's largest island of which 81 percent is covered by the Greenland ice sheet.

Mr Barroso was invited by Greenland premier Hans Enoksen and Danish prime minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen to survey the Sermeq Kujalleq glacier - a UN heritage site - in Ilulissat on the west coast of Greenland.

The glacier is ...

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