The issue of climate change has been a contentious one at the G-8 summit. The major industrialized countries have reached an agreement among themselves to cut greenhouse gases, but a group of developing countries — the so-called G-5 nations — have balked.
On Thursday, the G-5 nations agreed on a general guideline to limit an increase in the world’s temperature. Still, they refused to adopt specific targets to reduce their emissions of carbon. The G-5 countries have been demanding western aid and access to new, clean burning technology in return for agreeing to cut those emissions.
Michael Novacek, provost of science at the American Museum of Natural History, joins Martin Savidge to discuss how the G-8 summit will effect climate change policy.