G8 ministers try to bridge climate divides

First follow-up meeting following Gleneagles plan of action aims at building better partnerships

Energy and environment ministers from the G8 countries and 12 more developed and developing nations met in London on Tuesday for informal talks on global warming. The "dialogue on climate change, clean energy and sustainable development" was launched by the UK this summer, with an aim to begin healing divisions over climate policy (EED 08/07/05).

The meeting's publicised outcomes were more practical than political. In a statement, the UK environment ministry said that dialogue partners had agreed to "work together" on deployment of clean technologies and on incentives for large-scale private sector investment in low carbon technologies.

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