>>Sound and fury at G8
July 9, 2008, 9:16 pm
Filed under: Policy

Yesterday, leaders of the G8 nations announced that the world ought to cut carbon emissions 50% by 2050.

Climate and renewable energy advocates weren’t impressed. Joe Romm, writing in The Guardian, noted that the announcement said nothing about what the fully-developed G8 nations themselves are prepared to do about it. More to the point, George Bush and his peers say nothing about getting something done over the next three to four years — the really critical period.

The New Scientist wonders what the G8 base year might be. Do they want to cut carbon emissions 50% from 2008 levels?  Most climate scientists suggest that by 2050 we’d better be back to pre-1970 levels, which would mean cutting 50% from a 1990 baseline, the standard of the Kyoto Protocol.


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