The Associated Press, Nov. 19, 2007
Gordon Brown, making his first major speech on the environment since taking office, said he would ask a committee of advisers to consider whether
"The climate change crisis is the product of many generations, but overcoming it must be the great project of this generation," Brown told a meeting of the World Wide Fund for Nature.
"While the richest countries have caused climate change, it is the poorest who are already suffering its worst effects," he said.
Brown also said
Any successor pact to the Kyoto Protocol which set targets for industrialized nations to reduce emissions by 2012 must pledge to hold the rise in global average temperatures to no more than 2 C (3.6 F), Brown said.
The British leader has used talks with U.S. President George W. Bush to press
"It is not overdramatic to say that the character and course of the coming century will be set by how we measure up to that challenge," Brown said.
Following talks last week with Jim Connaughton, chairman of the White House Council on Environmental Quality, climate change minister Phil Woolas said he believed Washington is "at the tipping point" of taking on a deal on emission reduction.
Brown said Britain also hopes to build one of the world's first carbon capture facilities a process that involves collecting carbon dioxide and pumping it in liquid form into porous rock layers underground, where it cannot contribute to trapping sunlight and warming the atmosphere.
He said he would meet business leaders to discuss phasing out single-use plastic bags and will launch an information service for homeowners, offering them tips on recycling and reducing energy consumption.
Next month, policy makers will meet in
European Union members have already agreed on action to cut greenhouse gas emissions by at least 20 percent below 1990 levels by 2020 or 30 percent if a global deal can be reached.