G-8 Consensus on Climate Change

It sounds a bit too good to be true. However, the G-8 summit has obviously agreed on targets for climate change mitigation.

The targets are:

  • two degrees Celsius target for global mean temperature increase;
  • global emissions must be halved by 2050;
  • developed countries will set an example by reducing their emissions by 80 per cent or more.

One of the problems is that developing countries rejected an agreement to commit to specific goals for greenhouse gases emissions reduction. Another problem appears to be the reluctance of the US administration to commit to short term (up to 2020) commitments as proposed by the European Union.

I still believe that every journey begins with a single step.

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