The Times

G8 leaders claim historic breakthrough on new deal to tackle global warming

President Obama and other leaders backed historic new targets for tackling global warming last night in an agreement designed to pave the way for a world deal in the autumn.

For the first time, America and the other seven richest economies agreed to the goal of keeping the world’s average temperature from rising more than 2C (3.6F).

They also agreed to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 80 per cent by 2050 as they strove for a worldwide deal at Copenhagen in December.

The moves were designed to put the squeeze on the world’s developing nations,

There were signs last night that the G13 — the eight joined by China, India, Mexico, South Africa and Brazil — would today also sign up to the 2C limit.

the G8 leaders do not expect agreement from the developing countries to halve emissions.

Mr Brown said:

“We have agreed for the first time that global temperatures must rise by no more than 2C. We have agreed as G8 that we want to cut our emissions by 80 per cent by 2050”

In chairing the major economies forum today, Mr Obama is signalling that he wants to play a big role in the run-up to Copenhagen.


Comment from Wise Up Journal:

Even 3000+ years ago when the climate changed from cold winter to hot summer each summer would have different temperatures. The earth might get an average summer, a cold summer, or a hot summer; just like in the 1800’s and every other time period on this planet orbiting around the sun (slightly changing it’s orbit ever year). Now 8 to 13 “wise” men, Gordon Brown and company, have agreed the entire world will never have an average rise of 2 degrees ever again, despite the ever changing output of the sun. If you don’t suffer illusions of grandeur you’ll know this is impossible, but unfortunately the never ending conveyor belt of self acclaimed “wise” men that do make these decisions apparently suffer from illusions of grandeur. One thing we can count on is that the people on top will implement their high objectives that effects us at the bottom. The people at the top can follow through on their desires as they fund them with tax payer’s money, government borrowed money, or by printing money. We at the bottom don’t have a vote on important issues that effect our lives, a few in positions like the G8-13 dictate to the entire globe. You should be very concerned at the procedures to never let the average weather go up “by no more than 2C”.


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