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Sep 21, 2009 8:31 AM by Associated Press

Blair touts 10 million jobs from climate action

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair says he hopes to break the "deadlock" in global climate talks with his new report. Blair heads up a climate initiative. The report presents evidence that 10 million jobs could be created by 2020, if developing nations agree to big cuts in greenhouse gases.

The report also shows a global climate agreement could increase the world's GDP by 0.8 percent by 2020, as compared with the projected gross domestic product with no climate action. Blair is visiting New York ahead of a U.N. climate summit drawing 100 world leaders on Tuesday and a flurry of supporting events in New York City this week.

The events are intended to build support for crafting a new climate deal in Denmark in December to replace the 1997 Kyoto Protocol that expires at the end of 2012. Blair's report is based on computer modeling by Cambridge University economists.


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