Nations Make Tentative Agreement on Climate Action
By Craig Whitlock and Michael Fletcher
Washington Post Foreign Service
Wednesday, July 8, 2009; 3:25 PM
L'AQUILA, Italy, July 8 -- The world's leading industrial nations have tentatively agreed on a plan to prevent global temperatures from rising above a fixed level, after a more far-reaching proposal to slash production of greenhouse gases fizzled, according to U.S. and European negotiators.
White House and European officials meeting here for the Group of Eight summit said they would pledge to keep temperatures from rising more than 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit above average levels of more than a century ago, before large-scale industrial pollution occurred.