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Climate change: the vision thing
Leaders of the G8 and the world’s developing nations have agreed a “shared vision” on fighting climate change — but long-standing differences have prevented them agreeing on any specific targets.
The G8 on its own favours a halving of harmful emissions by 2050 but industrialising nations like China and India will not sign up to that goal, arguing that their primary commitment is to improve the living standards of their people.
Without them on board, the U.S. will not ratify any agreement to cut its own emissions.
The “vision” declaration has been hailed by G8 leaders as a useful step ahead of 2009 when they will return to the issue and when America will have a new president with a greater mandate to take action.
But green groups are scornful. The WWF’s Global Climate Initiative calls it “pretty pathetic.”
Should world leaders be trying harder, or have fears of climate change have been overstated?
What’s your view?