Welcome to our climate policy liveblog.  This is a live feed from our twitter account @_climatico_

9:04:06 AM: Today is the first day here at the #G8 Summit. Things are buzzing and the internet and twitter are finally working!

9:13:12 AM: The Chinese premier Hu last night returned to China to deal with the rioting http://bit.ly/13TTd8

9:14:09 AM: Much of the negotiations on climate change have already happened and so it is unlikely that this move will jeopardise the talks

9:21:44 AM: Reuters last night announced that the draft #MEF text does not mention halving global emissions

9:23:53 AM: China and India were opposed to signing up to any cuts without developed nations first committing to deep 2020 targets. http://bit.ly/1HUqS9

9:25:48 AM: Last year the G8 committed to halving global emissions by 2050 (no baseline specified), so they have failed to convince the #MEF of this

9:27:59 AM: This represents a major setback in the run up to the Copenhagen climate conference in December.

9:34:56 AM: Negotiations must move fast now to reach a deal at #COP15. The UN has invited leaders to an unprecedented summit in Sept http://bit.ly/lt9N3

9:37:36 AM: With Hu absent, it is unlikely that the #MEF will be able to renegotiate the 2050 emissions target, hence why it was dropped from the draft

10:05:27 AM: Thus it is possible that the only climate policy success will be a commitment from the #G8 to prevent a 2C temperature rise

10:06:12 AM: Just finished a half hour interview with AFP on the draft MEF communique, sorry for being away. Will let you know when it’s up.

10:25:55 AM: @WSJ and others now confirming that numerical targets are being dropped from the MEF as expected

10:35:11 AM: So much for Brown’s carrot of a £100bn adaptation fund http://bit.ly/Q3Ecp

10:38:29 AM: EU press conference is currently happening with good discussion of climate policy

10:38:29 AM: EU press conference is currently happening with good discussion of climate policy

10:40:38 AM: EU are pushing for: 80% cut from developing countries by 2050, emissions reverse and fall ASAP, and 50% reduction of emissions by 2050

10:47:47 AM: @NutmegVideo sorry, YouTube appears to be blocked from within the #G8 Summit so I can’t view your video now

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Stay tuned for when the climate change communiqué is released later tonight

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