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G8 reaches deal on 'substantial' emission cuts

China Daily | Updated: 2007-06-08 06:48

G8 reaches deal on 'substantial' emission cuts

G8 heads of state pose for a family picture in front of the Kurhaus building in Heiligendamm, Germany, during their first working session yesterday.AFP

HEILIGENDAMM, Germany: Leaders of eight industrliazed nations meeting in Germany have agreed to pursue "substantial" cuts in greenhouse gases, Chancellor Angela Merkel said yesterday.

Group of Eight (G8) powers failed to overcome US resistance to committing to specific numerical targets to curb global warming but did refer to the goal of some countries of cutting emissions by 50 percent by 2050.

"In terms of targets, we agreed on clear language ... that recognizes that (rises in) CO2 emissions must first be stopped and then followed by substantial reductions," Merkel told reporters at the G8 summit in the Baltic coast resort of Heiligendamm.

G8 reaches deal on 'substantial' emission cuts

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