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G7 Leaders Agree to Limit Global Temperature Increase to 2 Degrees C

Posted by Barbara Gottlieb on June 12, 2015

The so-called "G7" states -- Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States – announced a non-binding agreement recently that seeks to limit global temperature rise to 2° Celsius. The G7 leaders agreed to promote low-carbon technologies in their own nations, support renewable energy products in developing countries, and commit to a joint $100 billion fund for climate change mitigation action.

"Mindful of [the 2°C] goal and considering the latest IPCC results, we emphasize that deep cuts in global greenhouse gas emissions are required with a decarbonization of the global economy over the course of this century," the leaders wrote.

Furthermore, the countries expressed their continued support for ending fossil fuel subsidies and stated that they would "incorporate climate mitigation" into their investment decisions.

The agreement comes in advance of the United Nations Climate Change Conference to be held in Paris at the end of 2015. While this agreement sets worthwhile goals for the UN conference, the U.S. and other G7 countries need to make strong, binding commitments that should include reduction of methane (from natural gas) as well as CO2. They should also commit to rapid deployment of efficient and renewable energy systems. Climate change’s impacts on human health are already felt today, especially by poorer nations but also in the U.S.

Learn how you can push your state to implement more energy efficiency and renewable energy: Sign up for PSR’s Climate Health Action Team webinar, Wednesday, June 17, 8 – 9 pm eastern time. This month’s session will focus on the health benefits of wind power.

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