I posted to my Friendfeed (here) about the commitment of various nations during the G8 Summit in Italy to reduce emissions by 80% by 2050 and expressed my concerns about the timeframe I said I hoped they were going to be setting some immediate milestones because 40 years is a long time to wait for measurable progress. (CNN Article here)
The authors of this Nature.com Blog seem to think we're moving in the wrong direction. More specifically, we're taking steps that are not guaranteed to do what we're trying to accomplish. Rather than creating a carbon market that allows the major polluters of the world to wiggle around regulations by buying up credits, they want to see immediate steps to reduce emissions and improve efficiencies of current technologies. If implemented, this could have immediate benefits instead of requiring a 40 year timeline.