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The global warming info at the conclusion of the meeting of G8 countries in Japan has not satisfied any party in the matter of climate change policies, whether they are from the rich nations or the developing nations or the conservationists.  

It seems to be old wine in an old bottle with an updated label as far as the effectiveness of the meeting was concerned. Both the rich nations and the developing nations stuck to their known views as expressed in the past by them.

The rich nations repeated their old views that the developing nations must also be brought within the ambit of greenhouse gas reductions targets along with the rich nations for any meaningful impact on climate change policy, but the developing nations including China and India rejected this plea saying that since the rich nations were responsible for creating such pollution in the first place it becomes their responsibility to make a firm commitment first before asking the developing nations to do it.

In their opinion the per capita emission of the developing nations is much lower as compared to those of the rich nations.

The points of disagreement were on account of the following:

  • The world's top economic powers agreed to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by 50% by 2050.

  • But no base year was selected for the purpose. According to the critics, the reductions as compared to the 1990 levels as per the norms of the Kyoto Protocol will be more meaningful than when compared with those of the year 2005.

  • The developing countries want a commitment from the rich nations for a much sharper emission cut than what has been offered by them.

  • There were also no indications about what will be the mid term emission reductions by 2020 from the rich countries.


  • Kim Carstensen, director of WWF Global Climate Initiative called this a wasted opportunity since after a whole year has been spent on dialogues nothing has been achieved.

    The South African Minister of Environmental Affairs and Tourism called the result as an empty slogan.

    UN Secretary General though expressed his happiness about the meeting said that they should go further for meeting the targets.

    Many other critics were unimpressed by the outcome of the meeting since they were expecting much better global warming info.

    The practice of G8 meetings was started in 1975 by the rich countries in response to the oil shocks of the early 1970’s. They have had regular meetings since then to work out various tactics to meet the challenges facing the world.

    But after more than 30 years following the first G8 meeting in 1975 there is a lot of debate on whether the basis of only 8 rich nations determining the policies for the rest of the world is fair.

    Many other countries have made rapid progress in the intervening years and hence there has been demand that they also must be included for such consultations before any far reaching conclusions on world economic policies can be decided.

    For the just concluded G8 meeting China, India, Brazil, Mexico and South Africa were invited to attend.

    Hence this meet was actually of G13 nations instead of G8. The question is whether there will be more countries for such meetings such G16 or G20 nations including Korea, Australia and other developing countries in the future.

     

    But whichever group of nations meet for consultations on how to face the future challenges, there must be fair commitment for all countries concerned in terms of firm action with a proper base year and a proper mid term or end term target year. Then we can be sure of much better global warming info than the one received presently.

    It should be a proper give and take for all the nations with each nation giving up something and getting something in return instead of simply trading accusations against each other group.

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