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EU urges G20 countries to make public their emissions goals ahead of key climate talks

FILE - In this June 15, 2005 photo, methane gas burns off a stack near the Washington Electric Cooperative power plant in Coventry, Vt.  The Obama administration is proposing to cut methane emissions from U.S. oil and gas production by nearly half over the next decade in an unprecedented step to curb climate change. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot, File)

FILE - In this June 15, 2005 photo, methane gas burns off a stack near the Washington Electric Cooperative power plant in Coventry, Vt. The Obama administration is proposing to cut methane emissions from U.S. oil and gas production by nearly half over the next decade in an unprecedented step to curb climate change. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot, File)  (The Associated Press)

The European Union is urging major emerging industrialized powers to make public their emissions targets ahead of a key climate conference in December.

Top EU climate official Miguel Arias Canete called Thursday on Argentina, Brazil, India, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa and Turkey to submit goals to the United Nations.

He said it is important "to assess the level of ambition globally and to see whether we are on target" to keep the average global temperature rise below 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees F) compared with pre-industrial times.

Canete said only about a quarter of the 194 nations involved have weighed in with their climate commitments.

He also warned that technical talks on an agreement must be sped up as only 10 negotiating days remain until the conference in Paris.