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Blair offers Kyoto job to ex-minister

FORMER ENVIRONMENT minister Elliot Morley has revealed that he was this week asked by the prime minister to draft a framework for reducing greenhouse gas emissions beyond 2012.

He said he had not yet accepted the job, but that it was 'potentially interesting'.

The framework will set targets for the next Kyoto commitment period. The current Kyoto Protocol targets are to be met between 2008-12.

Tony Blair wants to build on the climate change agreement signed at last year's G8 summit at Gleneagles, Scotland, where the US agreed for the rst time that man-made climate change is taking place.

'To set in place a framework for greenhouse gas emissions reduction beyond 2012 is no mean challenge but one that has to be accomplished, ' said Morley.

Morley was due to have a second meeting with Tony Blair as NCE went to press.

He will also speak with new secretary of state for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs David Milliband next week.

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