TOYAKO, Japan – A joint gathering of major developed and developing nations on Wednesday agreed that climate change was “one of the great global challenges of our time” and pledged to back a United Nations effort to conclude new climate pact by 2009. The major economies said they supported longterm and midterm goals for greenhouse-gas reductions, but endorsed no targets. It came a day after the Group of Eight major industrial democracies set a goal of halving heat-trapping emissions that contribute to global warming by 2050. The U.S.-led, 17-member group issued a final statement on the sidelines of the Group of Eight summit in northern Japan. “We support a shared vision for long-term cooperative action, including a long-term global goal for emission reductions, that assures growth, prosperity, and other aspects of sustainable development,” the expanded group said. But the developing nations invited to the gathering were not ready to go as far as supporting the 50 percent reduction by 2050. Jim Connaughton, chairman of President Bush’s Council of Environmental Quality, said that “several” of the emerging economies were willing to support the target, but not enough to allow that language to be put in the declaration. He did not say… Read full this story
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