Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Leaders of the world’s most powerful countries, the G8, have agreed to limit the rise in global temperatures to no more than 2C.
Prime Minister Gordon Brown hailed the “historic” agreement between the world’s major industrialised nations – Britain, the US, Germany, France, Italy, Canada, Japan and Russia – that will also see greenhouse gas emissions cut by 80 per cent by 2050.
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Mr Brown said the deal, agreed at the G8 summit in the Italian town of L’Aquila – still reeling from April’s devastating quake which killed 300 people – paved the way for a global agreement at the UN conference in Copenhagen in December to halve emissions by the middle of the century.
A communiqué released at the summit also committed the G8 to continued efforts to restore global economic growth, and put off the application of an “exit strategy” – as sought by Germany – until recovery is assured.
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