delegates-will-discuss-how-to-cut-emissions-of-greenhouse-gases_9Environment ministers from the Group of Eight (G8) industrialized nations were in Germany in March with two major issues in their agenda –

* how to reduce emission of greenhouse gas,
* how to replace the Kyoto Protocol.

The key developing nations realize their responsibility to address the issue and discuss the problem of climate change in the two-day meeting in Potsdam.

Ministers from India, Brazil, China, Mexico and South Africa will be attending the talks.

German Environment Minister Sigmar Gabriel said,

We must guard against giving developing nations the impression that the developing world expects them to carry our share of the burden. We are going to speak about the barriers that have until now held back international climate change negotiations and how to break them.

Yet last week (4/13/07) - A leaked draft G8 Summit Declaration reveals that G8 leaders are engaged in curious doublespeak with respect to climate change solutions as they prepare for the upcoming G8 Summit in Heiligendamm, Germany. Despite expressed concern over climate, the leaked draft ignores hundreds of billions of dollars in fossil fuel subsidies including increasing levels of support from aid agencies like the World Bank.

“The world urgently needs the G8 to take aggressive action on climate change and the draft Summit Declaration suggests that they may finally be ready to do it,” said Graham Saul, International Programs Director for Oil Change International. “Targets and timetables for real actions are critical, but the G8 is ignoring the most obvious thing they could do right now – cut off public funding for fossil fuels.” Continue reading ‘G8 debates real climate action as Bank support for fossils rising’