W. Bradnee Chambers

For W. Bradnee Chambers's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Commentary / World Feb 21, 2004

Stop exploitation of indigenous knowledge

KUALA LUMPUR -- Threats to our way of life come in many shapes and forms -- degradation of the Earth's ecosystems, disease, social unrest. Indigenous peoples must face all of these, and now confront additional, equally serious, pressure on their livelihoods. As holders and purveyors ...

Commentary / World Dec 25, 2003

Kyoto pact down but not out

The recent confusing announcement by the Kremlin's chief economic adviser, Andrei Illarionov, that Russia will not ratify the Kyoto Protocol continues to spur some pessimists to declare that death of the pact has come at last. The Kyoto accord is not dead; rather, it ...

Commentary / World Sep 21, 2003

Trade-environment debate deserves a judicial solution

The Cancun World Trade Organization Ministerial meeting concluded last weekend with little progress on a swath of issues it must try and complete by Jan. 1, 2005. Agriculture subsidies were the main stumbling block, but the talks really failed on a number of other ...

Commentary / World Aug 23, 2003

Bringing Alberto Fujimori to justice

Alberto Fujimori, Radovan Karadzic, Augusto Pinochet, Saddam Hussein, George W. Bush and Tony Blair all share a common, though dubious, distinction. All these heads or former heads of state have been charged with crimes against humanity. That democratically elected leaders can easily be lumped together ...

Commentary / World Aug 21, 2002

Sustainable development groups too weak

The World Summit on Sustainable Development, or WSSD, begins at the end of August amid chaotic preparations and dire predictions of failure. Since the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, environment and development problems have steadily worsened. More than 8 percent of children in ...

Commentary / World Jul 29, 2001

Multilateralism triumphed for Kyoto

With the Kyoto deal finally in the bag after a marathon round of negotiations, delegates to the resumed session of the climate change talks congratulated themselves on a job well done. For many of the negotiators who have followed these grueling negotiations over the ...

Commentary / World Dec 2, 2000

Lack of leadership doomed climate talks

"We almost had it, we were close but there is no deal," said British Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott as he left a last-ditch effort among European Union countries to agree on a deal with the United States that would salvage the Kyoto Protocol ...