The G8 leaders cobbled together a deal to fight climate change as the G8 summit wound down in Toyako.
The group agreed to halve greenhouse gas emissions by mid-century, though no specfic targets were decided on and not everyone signed up to the 2050 goal.
Environmentalists deplored the statement saying it was meaningless without targets.
The US president gave a typically upbeat version of events. President Bush said: “Our goal was to make progress in five key areas: confronting climate change, reinforcing our commitment to a successful Doha agreement, fighting disease in
Africa, ensuring that the G8 nations are accountable for their commitments and
addressing the challenges of high food and energy prices. I’m pleased to report
that we’ve had significant success in all of them.”
The green lobby believe that the world will have to wait for a new US president to take office in 2009 before any progress on reducing CO2 emissions can be made, an idea backed by South Africa.
The discussion on global warming, which impacts on soaring fuel and food prices, is a run-up to UN efforts to construct a new climate change accord at a meeting in Copenhagen, Denmark in December 2009.
The new deal would succeed the Kyoto Protocol that comes to an end in 2012.