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Japan pledges deep cuts in CO2 emissions

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Whilst in the UK the British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has pledged to turn down the heating at number 10 Downing Street and Lord Madelson has said he will recycle more as part of the new 10:10 climate change campaign, in Japan the new Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama has promised really ambitious cuts to Japan’s greenhouse gas emissions, saying the country would look to reduce CO2 emissions by 25% by 2020 from 1990 levels – although added that the target could be contingent on a deal involving all major carbon emitters at the climate change conference in Copenhagen in December. The new target, well above the 8% reduction set by the previous administration, was hailed as a ‘bold strategy’ by Denmark’s minister for climate and energy, Connie Hedegaard, who said she hoped the move would inspire other countries to follow suit. However a number if business leaders in Japan questioned hor not the move was realistic in light of the “tough road ahead for the Japanese people and economy”.  Japan, the world’s fifth biggest carbon emitter,  will now create a domestic emissions trading market and introduce rewards for industries that expand their use of renewable energy sources. The EU has already agreed to a minimum 20% cut in emissions by 2020 from 1990 levels although scientists are increasingly concerned that these reductions will simply not be enough to prevent massive climate change. So well done Gordon and well done Peter for your 10:10 efforts  and well done Tory Oliver Letwin for installing solar panels and Liberal Nick Clegg for thinking about reducing his meat intake , but really it is now or never time. Copenhagen looms, a last chance for humanity to prevent real and devastating climate change.[/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]