Science in international negotiations
The Climate Change Convention: a load of hot
By Peter Hulm
Scientists and politicians, this article argues, are
involved in an overt and covert struggle within the nation state
and between nations for power, prestige and money, even when
the issue is science.
Not so important? Contrast what France and Germany
wanted to do - take precautionary action - to what finally emerged.
And Britain's hard-nosed attitude against action not only jeopardized
its reputation. It also left the country well behind in the
technological race to control greenhouse-gas emissions. Eight
years on from the first negotiations, things don't seem to have