Monday, December 13, 2010

Climate talks are over for now, what was accomplished?

 

Hard to tell if anything concrete has been accomplished by the Cancun Climate Change talks in Mexico for the last two weeks. The media has a tendency to see all environment events like they do with sports events: There are pitched battles between various sides (who seem remote to us) with winners and losers.

However, there are no real sides in these world-wide climate talks because we are all in this together. No one is going to win a trophy for getting their way and going back to a place that isn’t going to be warming up.

Also, just for a world community to be talking about Climate Change is quite a change from the usual way of doing things, which is to dismiss something so intangible to many people as Climate Change.

In other words, just to be talking about Climate Change is a victory of sorts. Though, at the end of the day Climate Change is science. If we put more greenhouse gases into our atmosphere, the place warms up.

If we talk and do nothing about a lowering the greenhouse gases to a level we evolved in, we are going to find that major changes are going to take place.

My feeling from reading about this year’s Climate Change talks is that we just pushed the problem further from our attention and closer to inevitability.

193 nations sign climate-change package "CANCUN, MEXICO - Delegates from 193 nations agreed Saturday on a new global framework to help developing countries curb their carbon output and cope with the effects of climate change, but they postponed the harder question of precisely how industrialized and major emerging economies will share the task of making deeper greenhouse-gas emission cuts in the coming decade. The package known as the Cancun Agreements has salvaged a U.N.-backed process that was close to failure, delivering a diplomatic victory to the talks' Mexican hosts. But it also highlighted the obstacles that await as countries continue to grapple with climate change through broad international negotiations. " (December 12, 2010) Washington Post - Politics, National, World & D.C. Area News and Headlines - washingtonpost.com

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Very interesting. Thank you.