The agreement reached at the recent summit of the Group of Eight industrial nations (the G8) held in Italy to limit global warming to no more than 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) could help a post-Kyoto Protocol treaty materialize in December 2009.
According to Jose Manuel Barroso, president of the European Commission (EC), an agreement on the global temperature target, especially by the developing economies like the United States, could form the global benchmark and catalyst for the crucial negotiations on climate change to be held in Copenhagen in Denmark in December 2009.
If all the participating nations accept the 2 degrees Celsius goal, then the rest will follow, Barroso told reporters.
Till now, the United States, Canada, Japan and Russia were not convinced that a temperature limit of 2 degrees Celsius – which the European nations of the G8 such as the United Kingdom, France and Italy had already favored – was a level beyond which global climate change would reach hazardous levels.
But, to the relief of all those concerned with the perils of global warming, all the leaders of the G8 adopted the temperature limit of 2 degrees Celsius at the summit held in Italy.