Monday, November 29, 2010

Climate Change talks and low expectations:

 

The media has informed us that there are low expectations for any substantial measures for nations to deal with Climate Change at the United Nations-sponsored climate talks in Cancun. 

So, I guess if there are any kind of substantial agreements at the talks, the bar for expectations is set so low, that any kind of agreement will look favorable. 

If the media is correct on the talk and the Cancun talks produce no binding agreements of any merit, what we can do is use these talks as another marker.  As time goes on and we collectively show that we are incapable of addressing Climate Change, we can use these major UN meetings as markers that we can use for future generations.

These ‘markers’ will be points where if we had done something, a sea coast might not have had to overrun a community because of sea level rise, or a hurricane five somewhere down the road wouldn’t have happened.

The expectation from the Cancun talks shouldn’t be just measured as ‘low’ by the media, the talks should also include the expectations of what will happen because of the lack of agreements.  There are real consequences of countries dragging their feet on not taking measures to reduce Climate Change and the media’s description of this event, shouldn’t try and make it look like a sports event, where the outcome doesn’t really matter.  As a result of not taking action, real effects of Climate Change are going to occur.

Climate change talks face crucial test As representatives from nearly 200 nations prepare to gather for United Nations-sponsored climate talks in Cancun this week, a central question looms: Can they achieve enough to keep the negotiations alive? No one expects the two-week meeting, which begins Monday, to produce a pact that would commit the nations of the world to curbing climate change. Such an agreement seemed possible a year ago, when the last round of negotiations concluded in Copenhagen. At that session some of the world's biggest greenhouse gas emitters struck a deal: Industrialized nations would cut their emissions and by 2020 and would mobilize $100 billion a year in aid for the poorest countries suffering the effects of global warming; in exchange, major developing countries agreed to international scrutiny of their own emissions cuts. (November 27, 2010)  Washington Post - Politics, National, World & D.C. Area News and Headlines - washingtonpost.com

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