EU climate chief says Pacific threat shows action needed
MAJURO, Marshall Islands (AFP) - The threat that climate change poses to Pacific Island nations shows that international action on the issue is overdue, European Union Climate Commissioner Connie Hedegaard said on Monday.
On the eve of this week's Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) in the Marshall Islands, Hedegaard expressed concern that some countries may try to delay a 2015 deadline for implementing reductions in emissions and increasing reliance on alternative energy sources.
She said Europe and the Pacific island nations would work together to push the international community to honour the deadline.
"We have to make a joint pressure to say the world is already more than late (in addressing climate change)," she told a conference in the capital Majuro.