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UK Prime Minister Tony Blair has told the World Economic Forum that a major breakthrough on long-term climate change goals could be close.
He told the forum in Davos, Switzerland it was possible because of a "quantum shift" in the attitude of the US.
He said the German G8 presidency offered an opportunity for a new international agreement for when the Kyoto Protocol expired in 2012.
"I believe we are potentially on the verge of a breakthrough," he said.
Mr Blair praised Chancellor Angela Merkel's focus on climate change during her EU presidency and India and China's engagement with the G8.
He also pledged to work with other world leaders towards a more "radical" and "comprehensive" successor to the Kyoto protocol.
"The German G8 Presidency gives us the opportunity to agree at least the principles of a new, binding international agreement to come into effect when the Kyoto Protocol expires in 2012," Mr Blair said.
"But one which is more radical than Kyoto and more comprehensive, one which this time includes all the major countries of the world."