The Group of Eight Tries to Tackle Climate Change

| 7/10/2009 12:12:39 PM

This week President Barack Obama pushed the issue of climate change at the Group of 8 summit in Italy.

The United States and European countries, such as Germany, England, France and Italy proposed an agreement that called for worldwide emissions to be cut by 50 percent by 2050, with industrial countries cutting their emissions by 80 percent.

The industrial nations such as China, Brazil, India and Mexico did not agree to the proposal.

“They’re saying, ‘We just don’t trust you guys,’ ” said Alden Meyer, of the Union of Concerned Scientists, to the New York Times. “It’s the same gridlock we had last year when Bush was president.”

The New York Times also reported that Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi of Italy, the meeting’s host, said it made little sense for Group of 8 countries to take on onerous commitments if “five billion people continue to behave as they have always behaved.”

Instead the group came to an agreement that the global temperature should not rise more than 2 degrees Celsius, 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit, but did not demand any commitments on how nations will do their part to ensure that goal is reached.

Fiona B
7/21/2009 9:55:23 AM

"I think people should read the book 5/5/2000 by Richard W. Noone, it will enlighten your thoughts. Without global warming we would still be in the Ice Age." By the way, I've just Googled the book and its about how the world will end on 5th May 2000! So that's a reliable source of information then!!!

Fiona B
7/21/2009 9:50:44 AM

I'm flabbergasted, well and truly. Climate change is, undoubtedly, a natural phenomenon, however never in the history of the Earth has the climate changed so quickly as since the Industrial Revolution. That's a factoid, so however much there are people with their heads up their @r$es and refuse to give up their disposable lifestyles and 3-litre engines, these people are only kidding themselves. On the other hand, we are totally kidding ourselves if we think any of those 'targets' decided upon at the G8 will make the blindest bit of difference. We're already past the point of no return as there is no way that emissions are going to slow enough to make any difference. They really need to stop, but they won't. And its only those people who want to live forever who think that we can save ourselves from ourselves. We can't. We've already destroyed humanity, we're just really in the death-throes. The planet can look after itself, and life itself will continue long after the human race has eliminated itself from the face of the Earth. Doom and gloom?? Or realism to its extreme. I have to ask myself why I bother recycling my tin cans and glass jars when American society churns out so much pollution. You guys can use things more than once you know, and you can still do 55mph in a 1.2 litre car! I feel like I've turned up at an earthquake with a dustpan and brush.

Jean Owens
7/20/2009 3:38:18 PM

I think people should read the book 5/5/2000 by Richard W. Noone, it will enlighten your thoughts. Without global warming we would still be in the Ice Age.

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