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Bloomberg.com – May 17, 2007
This article discusses a draft copy of the statement that will be made on climate change at the upcoming “Group of Eight” meeting. All such announcements or statements are circulated among the member nations so that they can each make changes or modifications of the document. This draft is newsworthy because it has fallen in line with current US official policy on the matter and, for the most part, disagrees with the recommendations of the IPCC reports put out over the last few months.
The U.S. requested changes to a Group of Eight declaration on climate change that eliminate some targets for reducing greenhouse gases and delete language stressing the need for urgent action.
The items the U.S. wants deleted are limits on global warming to 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit), targets for a reduction of greenhouse gases to half of 1990 levels by 2050, and language that says tackling climate change is an “imperative not a choice.”
One passage that is crossed out in the draft states: “Climate change is speeding up and will seriously damage our common natural environment and severely weaken global economy with implications for international security. We underline that tackling climate change is an imperative not a choice. We firmly agree that resolute and concerted international action is urgently needed.”
The draft document calls for “a clear message on the further development of the international regime to combat climate change” to be delivered at the UN conference, another passage the U.S. wants deleted.
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Kristen Hellmer, a spokeswoman for the White House Council on Environmental Quality. “There certainly is consensus that the Earth is warming, and we are working with G8 partners and developing countries to address this.”