Even by the dismal standards of these events, this year's G8 summit in Japan was a wearisome spectacle. I cannot think that what was achieved--nothing--justified the meeting's doubtless impressive carbon footprint. I think I will remember it mainly for the quotation from IPCC head, R.K. Pachauri, who told reporters (according to the BBC
) that the developed countries "should get off the backs of China and India" (and Pachauri wasn't even at the summit; he was speaking in Delhi). Yes, I understand that he wants the rich countries to move first--but is it wrong to expect anything
of the countries which before long will be the world's biggest GHG emitters? I mean, isn't the planet in peril, or something?
Aside from that, all you need to read is the all-purpose report
on pointless international meetings by the FT's Alan Beattie, which I saw on Gideon Rachman's blog
, and which deserves the widest possible circulation.
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