G8 leaders have come in for trenchant criticism from
former US vice president Al Gore, a dedicated campaigner
on global climate change whose 2006 global warming documentary
won an Oscar.
the agreement struck last week "a disgrace disguised
as an achievement", he said their efforts on curbing
greenhouse gases were as the leaders at last week''s G8
summit in Germany had not risen to the challenge to respond
to a "planetary emergency".
leaders agreed to pursue "substantial" reductions
in greenhouse gas emissions, but stopped short of German
chancellor Angela Merkel''s expectations of concrete numerical
commitments on emission reductions that include her key
aim to cut gases by 50 per cent by 2050, drawing praise
from the former VP.
G8 will negotiate a new global climate pact that would
extend and broaden the Kyoto Protocol beyond 2012.
eight most powerful nations gathered and were unable to
do anything except to say ''We had good conversations and
we agreed that we will have more conversations, and we
will even have conversations about the possibility of
doing something in the future on a voluntary basis, perhaps.''"
is spearheading efforts to enlist music stars to back
his crusade with ''Live Earth'' concerts on 7 July, which
will be held in numerous cities around the world.