Monday, May 21, 2007

New G8 Statement on climate change

A new joint statement was released today:

The problem is not yet insoluble, but becomes more difficult with each passing day. A goal of confining global warming to an average of 2 centigrade degrees above pre-industrial levels would be very challenging, and even this amount of warming would be likely to have some severe impacts. . . .

We call on world leaders, especially those meeting at the G8 Summit in June 2007, to:
• Set standards and promote economic instruments for efficiency, and commit to promoting energy efficiency for buildings, devices, motors, transportation systems
and in the energy sector itself.
• Promote understanding of climate and energy issues and encourage necessary behavioural changes within our societies.
• Define and implement measures to reduce global deforestation.
• Strengthen economic and technological exchange with developing countries, in order to leapfrog to cleaner and more efficient modern technologies.
• Invest strongly in science and technology related to energy efficiency, zero-carbon energy resources and carbon-removing technologies.


It is signed by 13 countries

• Academia Brasileira de Ciéncias,Brazil
• Académie des Sciences, France
• Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei, Italy
• Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia
• National Academy of Sciences, United States of America
• Royal Society of Canada, Canada
• Deutsche Akademie der Naturforscher Leopoldina, Germany
• Science Council of Japan, Japan
• Academy of Science of South Africa, South Africa
• Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
• Indian National Science Academy, India
• Academia Mexicana de Ciencias, Mexico
• Royal Society, United Kingdom



Source:
National Academy of Sciences: 2007 Joint science academies’ statement on growth and responsibility: sustainability, energy efficiency and climate protection

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