G8 Ministers Compromise On 2050 Climate Target
Well, that's only 42 years from now, after all, I'm sure my potential grandkids can enjoy it.
Environmental groups are up in arms over the decision, which would see a mid-term target of 2020 for beginning to meet their goals. Under attack isn't just the extremely long date, the actual targets themselves and the time it takes are facing heavy criticism.
Not to mention the complete inability to enforce any of those actions by that date.
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Differing views on the need for intermediate emissions reductiontargets emerged over the weekend (24-26 May) between G8 environmentministers, who pledged to work on a deal to halve greenhouse gasemissions by 2050 during an upcoming summit in July.
"We strongly expressed the will to try to come to an agreement at the Toyako summit so we can have a target of at least halving emissions by 2050," said Japanese Environment Minister Ichiro Kamoshita at a press conference during the meeting, held in Kobe, Japan.
The G8 countries – Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the UK and the United States – are scheduled to meet from 6-8 July in Toyako (Hokkaido), Japan. Climate change will top the agenda of the summit, and leaders have said they will try to use the occasion to give a boost to ongoing international climate change talks.
But "without a mid-term target, a mandatory mid-term target for developed countries, it's going to be very complicated to get an agreement" at key UN-led climate change negotiations in Copenhagen in December 2009, said Matthias Machnig, Germany's secretary of state for the environment.
Environment ministers from top industrial countries have called for an agreement on cutting greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2050.
Ministers want developed nations to take the lead in battling global warming.
The Group of Eight nations, aiming at preparing for action on climate change at the G8 summit in Japan in July, also acknowledged calls for mid-term emissions reduction targets for 2020.
The three-day meetings of G8 ministers -- from Japan, the US, Germany, France, Italy, Canada, Britain and Russia -- and observer countries in Kobe, Japan, also strove to revive momentum for wider UN-led talks on a new global warming pact.
Under pressure to boost talks on a new global warming pact, Group of Eight environment ministers Monday endorsed slashing greenhouse gas emissions in half by mid-century, but failed to agree on much more contentious near-term targets.
The three-day meeting in Kobe was dominated by calls from the U.N., European countries and
Environment chiefs from the world's top industrial countries pledged "strong political will" Monday toward cutting greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2050, declaring that developed nations should take the lead in battling global warming.
The statement by ministers from the Group of Eight nations, however, stopped short of pledging firm commitments for mid-century or a midterm goal for 2020, which many countries argue are crucial to saving the planet from environmental crisis provoked by rising temperatures.
Aimed at setting the stage for decisive action at the G8 summit in Toyako, Japan, in July, the joint communique also recognized rich nations' obligation to provide technology and financing to help developing countries fight global warming.
Foreign aid workers headed for the cyclone-ravagedIrrawaddy delta on Monday to see whether army-ruled Myanmar willhonour a promise made by its top general to give them freedom ofmovement.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper committed Canada to become an energy superpower at the 2006 G8 Summit in St. Petersburg, Russia. A better vision for Canada would be to become a sustainable, environmentally sound energy superpower. In any event, a vision without a plan is but a dream. It's not about walking away from fossil fuels and closing down coal plants. It's about learning to work with what nature has given us, without using the environment as the dump for waste products.