WASHINGTON (AFP) — US environmentalists said Friday they expect no breakthroughs in climate change talks from international players attending the Group of Eight (G8) July 7-9 summit in Hokkaido, Japan.
"There has been a very little agreement on actual outcome from that process that will be announced on the final day of the G8 summit on July 9, coinciding with the conclusion of the summit itself," Pew Environment Group Deputy Managing Director Philip Clapp said in a telephone briefing.
"What you are likely to see is a large rhetorical statement saying that everyone is committed to reduce their (carbon) emissions," he added.
Clapp expected "perhaps, a little more definition as to the levels nations should agree to, developed and developing nations, but nothing that is really a significant step forward at this moment in terms of framing the negotiations."
He said it was still unclear how global warming would figure in the G8 summit after the group met at the presidential adviser level to prepare its agenda.
Mark Helmke, environmental advisor to the ranking Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Richard Lugar, said an issue the G8 was likely to take up was a US proposal for a "clean technology fund at the World Bank" to help developing nations.
But he said the chance the measure will get a green light from the US Senate this year "is extremelly remote."
Despite hopes for progress, Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda recently conceded the G8 would not set targets at the summit on cutting greenhouse gas emissions after the Kyoto Protocol obligations run out in 2012.
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