Poor nations ended their boycott of the global environment talks in Copenhagen on being assured rich countries aren’t softening their commitments to cutting greenhouse gases. Professor Adil Najam, director of the Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future, is with a delegation of BU students at the Copenhagen talks. Najam, an author of the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change that shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize, says the ghost of Kyoto hangs over Copenhagen.
“The fact of the matter is that while the U.S. withdrew itself from Kyoto, the countries that did stay in – including the European nations – really did not live up to the spirit of the promises they had made at Kyoto. That has meant that these countries want to run as far away from those commitments as they can, but the developing countries feel cheated and are unlikely to buy into any future promises if the past promises are not honored.”
Contact Adil Najam, 617-353-4002, firstname.lastname@example.org