"The four-day G7 summit in Cornwall ended with little cause for celebration
from anyone worried about climate change. Most of the pledges that emerged were
relatively old news, with the UK repeating its promise of £500 million for
ocean conservation efforts and the group reaffirming its commitment to end
support for coal production abroad.
The leaders of (supposedly) the world’s richest democracies failed again to
agree to new funding to help poorer parts of the world invest in green
technology and adapt to extreme weather.
But more interesting than these pledges and non-pledges were the things that
weren’t mentioned at all. One of the greatest unmentionables at climate summit
after climate summit is just how badly we keep track of contributions to global
It’s the elephant in the room at any gathering where the leaders of rich
countries discuss climate change: historical responsibility. Everyone knows
that G7 nations have contributed disproportionately to the global warming that
has already happened. But exactly how much more?"
*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics