G8 leaders set new emissions target
Friday, July 10, 2009
The G8 agreed to a target to cut emissions by 80% by 2050, though interim targets were not defined.
"I believe we've made some important strides forward as we move towards Copenhagen," said United States President Barack Obama. "I don't think I have to emphasise that climate change is one of the defining challenges of our time. The science is clear and conclusive and the impacts can no longer be ignored."
"I hope tomorrow when we meet other countries we'll follow that through and this is a very significant development, the first time it's ever been done," United Kingdom Prime Minister Gordon Brown said.
"For us the 80 percent figure is unacceptable and likely unattainable," said Arkady Dvorkovich, the top economic aide to Russian President Dmitry Medvedev. "We won't sacrifice economic growth for the sake of emission reduction."
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