Climate IMC: COP18 UN Climate negotiations in Doha

Global Warming impacts escalate as Climate negotiations stall in Doha

 

Climate Change March in Doha
Climate Change March in Doha


Climate Negotiations are over for another year with little progress in Doha by any one's measure as the scientific statements on climate change and the impacts we are already feeling as evidenced in record Arctic melting, and extreme weather events like Hurricane Sandy and Typhoon Bopha in the Philippines, and Cyclone Evan in the South Pacific are growing much stronger.

Some of the latest scientific research shows:

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We are hurtling along, actually accelerating our emissions, heading for a climate cliff towards a chaotic and dangerous future (See Guy McPherson on the end of the world) and negotiators think we can put on the brakes at the last minute. Unfortunately what action the global community takes using an agreement negotiated by 2015 to come into effect by 2020 will be far too little too late. Climate physics will trump all the hot air in climate policy negotiations.

It is the failure of leadership and ambition of industrialised countries like the United States, Canada and Australia in making the deep cuts to emissions necessary which is hampering and sometimes actively obstructing progress. The Bali roadmap in 2007 adopted the scientific projections of 25 to 40 percent emission cuts by industrialised countries on 1990 levels by 2020 for a 50 percent chance of not exceeding 2 degrees of warming.

"It is vitally important to remember that the dangerous experiment we are performing on the climate system through our emissions of greenhouse gases continues unabated, with global emissions still growing at an alarming pace. The climate system will not wait decades for the governments of the world to inch towards an agreement. This trend needs to be reversed quickly. The outcome of the Doha talks is therefore extremely disappointing, if not unexpected." commented Professor Sir Brian Hoskins, Director of the Grantham Institute for Climate Change at Imperial College London.

Sharan Burrow, General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation, ITUC, said "We leave this conference wondering when ambition will come back to the table. There will be no jobs in a dead planet, nor a Just Transition with this outcome" said Ms Burrow. "The more we wait for having ambitious emission reduction objectives, the more the transition will be unfair. We need time to build a Just Transition, to put in place the social policies to help working people fully participate in a sustainable economy. Delays will make our task difficult, almost impossible. In order to be Just, the transition must start now, " said Ms Burrow.

Civil society NGOs condemn lack of progress at climate talks

Leaders of Civil Society groups gathered just after the conclusion of the final plenary at Doha and made clear that it is still business as usual with little progress in negotiating emission reductions. Although nominally the Kyoto Protocol will continue until 2020, it is a shadow of itself and the first commitment period with Russia, Japan, Canada and New Zealand all withdrawing.

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It's Very Very Late

Craig Louis Stehr 17.Jan.2013 19:28

The Chesapeake Earth First! effort in dissent of the Keystone XL Pipeline and tar sands mining/fracking schemes continues in Washington D.C. I was just there for two months. Unfortunately, the women at D.C.s Peace House refused to stop infighting, so nobody else could sanely be there long term. I reluctantly returned to California, not being willing to live on the sidewalk in the rain in D.C. to keep on protesting. The liberal left's approach to revolutionary ecology is way way over, y'all, as well as Crimethinc, tree-sitting, and other past comendable efforts. The February issue of Maximum Rock n Roll reviews the Earth First! Journal...(AE)reviewer states that it's environmentally late at the end of 2012 (when the review was done), and if you really want to take on the man, "ARM UP!"
Love from Berkeley, Craig Louis Stehr

Real Solutions

Bob 28.Jul.2013 05:39

Assuming human activity is responsible for global warming (a precarious assumption, given climate scientists have been caught falsifying data to make broken models work, and they can't explain a warmer Earth in ancient times), there are two real ways to deal with the problem.

1. We quickly develop a new energy technology. Nuclear fusion seems the likely candidate. Then we'd need a new battery or capacitor technology for vehicles.

2. We release a deadly biological agent and kill off half or more of the world's population. Then return to an agrarian civilization with limited technology. (I'd rather skip this one.)

There is not a single plan on the table to combat global warming, assuming human cause, that would put any real dent in the problem. Either there's a terrible problem here that can only be solved with technology, or there's a naturally occurring phenomena happening and there's little we can do about it except to adapt.

And don't get me started on carbon taxes. What a scam! Does nothing but transfer more of your wealth to the State and elites.

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