G8 Endorses Halving global Emissions by 2050
8 Jul 2008
RUSUTSU, Japan - The Group of Eight leading industrial nations on Tuesday endorsed halving world emissions of greenhouse gases by 2050, edging forward in the battle against global warming but stopping short of tough, nearer-term targets.
The G-8 countries -- the United States, Japan, Russia, Germany, France, Britain, Canada and Italy -- also called on all major economies to join in the effort to stem the potentially dangerous rise in world temperatures.
"The G-8 nations came to a mutual recognition that this target -- cutting global emissions by at least 50 percent by 2050 -- should be a global target," said Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda, who announced the endorsement.