G8 leaders agree to limit temperature rise: source

Wed Jul 8, 2009 12:43pm EDT

A woman takes shelter under an umbrella as she sits on a boardwalk bench on Coney Island in the Brooklyn Section of New York City August 3, 2007. REUTERS/Mike Segar

A woman takes shelter under an umbrella as she sits on a boardwalk bench on Coney Island in the Brooklyn Section of New York City August 3, 2007.

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L'AQUILA, Italy (Reuters) - The Group of Eight major economies have agreed that a rise in global temperatures should not exceed 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 Fahrenheit), a European source said on Wednesday following G8 climate talks.

"The top line that has been agreed is 2 degrees. It will be in the final G8 draft," the source said, declining to be named. Environmental experts have said that if such a target is taken seriously it will force deep cuts in greenhouse gas emissions.

(Reporting by Darren Ennis, writing by Crispian Balmer)

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