Obama Pushes for International Carbon Cuts

     WASHINGTON (CN) – A day after Group of 8 leaders pledged to drastically cut carbon emissions and to keep the average global temperature from rising 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit, President Barack Obama convened a climate change forum in Italy on Thursday to press for broader cooperation. “Every nation on this planet is at risk,” Obama said.

     The meeting included 17 developed and developing economies, which communally contribute to more than three quarters of the world’s carbon pollution.
     Within the 17 economies, G-8 countries have already agreed to cut global carbon emissions in half by 2050, which includes plans for the most industrialized nations to cut their emissions 80 percent to avoid global temperature from reaching 3.6 degrees above pre-industrial levels.
     China and India, large developing countries, did not agree to specific reductions, but said they would take meaningful steps.
     “And just as no one nation is responsible for climate change, no one nation can address it alone,” Obama said during the meeting in L’Aquila, Italy.
     While the agreement from Wednesday is nonbinding, the group has enhanced accountability by releasing its first report on how past commitments have been implemented.
     The conference precedes a December United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Copenhagen, Denmark.
     The G-8 consists of the United States, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, and the United Kingdom.
     The rest of the 17 economies are Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, the European Union, India, Indonesia, Korea, Mexico, and South Africa.

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