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G8 climate outcome

A reasonable G8 outcome – a commitment by developed countries to cut emissions by 80% by 2050 (But which base date?  Hopefully 1990.) and agreement to pursue a 2 degrees C mean global temperature increase target. No agreement yet from India, China and Brazil – they want more specific targets and to see the money promises that will help fund their shift towards greener energy sources. This was all fairly predictable.

I agree with the developing country concerns. 2050 is a long way off and issues of mistrust are predictable. I would prefer to see more specific interim 2020 targets – something President Obama is reluctant to go along with. That still might happen before the December meetings in Copenhagen and with financial support for developing countries more clearly articulated – the Waxman-Markey bill provides a basis for US funding. A lot more money is needed but the needed technological purchases have been articulated. It is doable.

The NYT saw the glass as half-empty rather than half-full.

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