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Blair's departing shot

According to the Guardian, Tony Blair hopes to convince George Bush to get his act together on global warming at the upcoming G8 summit.

Working with Germany, the British hope to get not only the United States, but also China and India to agree to an international carbon trading scheme. In addition, they are pushing for:

- An agreement to stabilise the world temperature rise above pre-industrial levels at no higher than 2C (4F), or cut world greenhouse gas emissions by 50% below 1990 levels by 2050.

- A new programme of energy efficiency, modelled on the EU scheme to cut C02 emissions by 20% by 2020 using simple techniques, such as energy-efficient lightbulbs and green cities.

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