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What is the future of international climate change policy?

It is 90 per cent certain that human activity is causing climate change (WRENmedia)
It is 90 per cent certain that human activity is causing climate change
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A focus on research, development, energy and efficiency as a means to adapt to the effects of climate change are essential to any international agreement on climate change, a group of more than 100 legislators and officials from 13 countries have agreed. The officials met in the US Senate, to decide the future of international climate policy, as the end of the Kyoto Protocol draws to a close in 2012. In a statement released at the end of the meeting, the group also agreed that emissions should not rise beyond 450 to 550 parts per million in the atmosphere, and that emission targets should be formed for all countries, based on their development needs.

The statement recommends a global carbon market, and urges negotiations on the new framework to be agreed at the G8 summit in June 2007, and to be concluded by 2008. Although the statement carries no legal status, those at the meeting included president of the World Bank Paul Wolfowitz, Sir Nicholas Stern, the Republican presidential candidate John McCain and representatives from Brazil, China, India and Mexico. The meeting follows the broadest consensus to date released by the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), that climate change is already having an environmental impact, and that with 90 per cent certainty, it is driven by human activity. In a recent statement, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, has announced that the dangers of war are at least matched by the climate crisis. He urged the US to lead the way in the urgent need to address global warning.

Date published: March 2007

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