G8 countries seen lagging on global warming

The world's biggest industrialised nations are acting too slowly to avert environmental catastrophe, a new study says.

The joint report by green group WWF and financial services company Allianz comes before the G8 countries – Canada, France, Germany,
Italy, Japan, Russia, UK and US – meet next week in Japan for a summit at which climate change will be high on the agenda.

The G8 Climate Scorecards 2008 report assesses the climate performance of the G8 countries and whether they are on track to meet targets for cutting emissions set at the Kyoto climate summit in 1997.

It judges whether countries have taken measures designed to reduce emissions by 80% by 2050 and whether they are moving towards cleaner and renewable energy sources, the Telegraph reported. The United States, which refused to sign up to the Kyoto Protocol, scored the worst of all the G8 countries. The UK, France and Germany had made most progress, the report said.

The report calls on the G8 leaders to commit to a binding long-term target for emission reductions of 80% by 2050, and as close to 40% as
possible by 2020.

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