Prime Minister Tony Blair’s resilient belief about a successful deal on climate change at the G8 summit echoes a similar belief that a Brit can win Wimbledon. Mr Blair said a global agreement leading to a "substantial cut" in greenhouse gases could be reached at the three-day summit in Germany, where the leaders of countries accounting for 70% of emissions are gathering.
The difficulty is that the US has made it clear that their philosophy on climate change excludes agreeing to specific emission cuts. Leaked documents suggest that Washington objects to a draft G8 agreement to cap global temperature rise at two centigrade for this century and halve greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. The draft was prepared by the German G8 presidency a few weeks ago. The US also refused to sign the Kyoto Treaty saying it is opposed to mandatory targets.
[via BBC and Press Assoc.]