Canadian Environmental Network E-Bulletin: July 9, 2008

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Network News — July 9, 2008

The G8 and Climate Change

Today marks the end of the G8 Summit in Japan, where expectations were high for developed countries to show leadership on climate change.

The Canadian government praised an agreement to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions by 50% by 2050 as “substantial progress”, while several Canadian environmental groups, through the Climate Action Network, issued a news release calling the official G8 Climate Communiqué a “failure of leadership”.

For now, it seems like concrete global action by developed countries on establishing medium-term targets will take place through UN negotiations over the next two years.

To learn more about the importance of the G8 in regards to climate change, read this detailed backgrounder from the Pembina Institute.

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