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Any hope for global warming agreement?

"President Obama had hoped to emerge from this week's Group of 8 summit meeting in Italy with a tentative agreement uniting rich and developing nations in a common fight against global warming. Instead he got a lesson on how divided the world remains on the issue — and how hard he will have to work to pull off an agreement," a New York Times editorial argued. The editorial noted that Obama and the other leaders of the developed world "have yet to come up with the right mixture of pressure and incentives to get the developing countries to commit." It argued: "If there is any chance of pulling this off, the developed countries are going to have to take away all excuses from China, India and other developing nations. The Europeans have already committed to deep cuts in their emissions. The United States is doing a lot better under Mr. Obama, but it is still lagging."

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