Blair seeks ‘new deal’ on climate change at G8

UK Prime Minister Tony Blair was unable to move the US position on climate change significantly during a visit to Washington. Both sides acknowledged different approaches to tackling the issue.

A draft G8 Gleneagles declaration is being negotiated by UK and US diplomats that would have Washington agree to a new world plan of action on global warming, reported the newspaper The Scotsman on 9 June.

The plan would be “some form of continuing process” that would lock in the US and emerging countries, China and India, the paper reported a spokesperson for Mr Blair as saying. China and India will attend the G8 summit at Gleneagles on 6-8 July as guests to discuss the issue.

But the statement would also acknowledge that Europe and the US are each fighting climate change in their own ways with the US pouring money into new technologies and rejecting any binding international accord (EURACTIV, 3 June 2005). 

In a joint declaration issued before Mr Blair’s visit to Washington, eleven science academies from the G8 countries, China, India and Brazil called for urgent action against climate change. “The scientific understanding of climate change is now sufficiently clear to justify nations taking prompt action,” said the statement.

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