Sorry – That’s Not What I Ordered

May 29, 2008

A few days ago – Environment Ministers from the G8 Nations (notice the geographic bias?) met in Japan.

They know that they are under increased pressure to fight the climate crisis, and so they agreed to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 50% by 2050. Bare in mind that the British government is committing to a 60% cut – and that the science is demanding at least an 80% cut. Nor did the agreement include vital short term targets.

It’s just not good enough.

The German State Minister for the Environment, Matthias Machnig even said, “From a scientific point of view, we need a clear reduction target, because the next 20 years are very vital, very important for climate change and the decisions we make in this process.”

They are beginning to listen – but they’re not off the naughty step yet.


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