In This Issue
At the G8 Summit held on July 6-8, 2005, in Gleneagles, Scotland, leaders of the Group of 8 countries issued a joint communiqué and a "plan of action" on Climate Change, Clean Energy, and Sustainable Development.
In the communiqué, the leaders declared that "climate change is a serious and long-term challenge that has the potential to affect every part of the globe" and that human activities "contribute in large part to increases in greenhouse gases associated with the warming of the Earth's surface."
The plan of action adopted by the G8 leaders identifies a range of activities to promote research, information exchange, and cooperation on energy efficiency, renewable and other clean energy sources, adaptation, and illegal logging
Read our G8 summary .
The G8 Summit in Gleneagles has advanced the international debate on climate change and opened a new political dialogue that can in time lead to broad, effective international action.
Read the full statement .
Eileen Claussen, President of the Pew Center on Global Climate Change, participated in a live online chat with Washingtonpost.com on July 6, 2005. Ms. Claussen discussed the G8 Summit and the opportunities and challenges the world faces in dealing with the issue of climate change.
Read the transcript .
The heads of twenty-four global companies released and presented a statement on June 9, 2005 expressing strong support for action to mitigate climate change. The statement, prepared by the G8 Climate Change Roundtable convened by the World Economic Forum, was presented to UK Prime Minister Tony Blair.
Read the statement and press release .
The national science academies of the G8 nations and Brazil, China and India issued a joint statement on June 7, 2005 on the science surrounding global climate change.
The statement calls on world leaders, particularly those of the G8 countries, to acknowledge that the threat of climate change is clear and increasing, to address its causes, and to prepare for its consequences.
Read the statement  (PDF).
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