G8 environment ministers call for 2050 emissions goal

Environment ministers from the world's top industrial nations on Monday urged their leaders to set a global target to halve greenhouse-gas emissions by 2050.

But the ministers from the Group of Eight countries, or G8, stopped short of suggesting specific interim targets ahead of 2050, a key demand of developing countries in UN-led talks to forge a new treaty on global warming.

The talks in western Japan aimed to set the agenda for this year’s G8 summit in Toyako, northern Japan.

"We made a step here today, a small one, but a very important one," Reuters reported Germany’s secretary of state for the environment, Matthias Machnig, as saying.

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