G-8 leaders pledge to reduce greenhouse gas emissions
L'AQUILA, Italy --The world's top eight economic powers, including the U.S., pledged Wednesday to drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but have failed to win the same agreement from the broader group of top polluting nations.
In a declaration issued by the group of eight, or G-8, those nations' leaders committed to reducing developed countries' greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent by 2050, and called for the world's total emissions to be reduced by half by 2050. But the same language was left out of an expected statement tomorrow by the 17 members of the Major Economies Forum.
On global warming, Mr. Froman said taken together, the declarations add "political momentum" to getting something done.
"By the time these meetings are over you'll see there's been a significant step forward in dealing with climate change issues,"
The nations are rushing to try to get commitments in the run-up to a major global warming summit scheduled for Copenhagen in December. But developing nations are balking at making firm commitments without the major nations taking more steps themselves.
Both declarations are expected to include a goal of capping warming to 2 degrees celsius, and the nations are expected to lay out possible ways to adapt to changing climate, but the declarations likely won't include specific financial commitments for how to help developing nations.