Leaders at the G8 summit in Italy have agreed to try to limit global warming to just 2C (3.6F) above pre-industrial levels by 2050.
While the G8 nations have set a target for themselves to cut carbon emissions by 80% by 2050, there is concern over a lack of interim targets among other things.
This has given some momentum to a call to pressure New Zealand PM John Key to set an emissions reduction target for NZ of 40 per cent below 1990 levels by 2020.
In December this year world leaders will gather in Copenhagen to work out a global agreement for action at the United Nations Climate Change Negotiations.
The climate change debate is one of those things. It’s a debate dependent on expert opinion, but that doesn’t stop everyone having a say regardless of expertise. Common sense suggests that positive action is needed. Especially since the political will to address climate change is lagging behind the science. The G8 leaders have for the first time accepted that there are scientific limits to the amount of greenhouse gases we can discharge into the atmosphere. So there’s change afoot, but many hurdles ahead.
You can have your say by going to the Sign On website and adding your name to the petition.