Thursday, December 08, 2011

Kicking the can down the road on Climate Change talks: We are so going to cook.

 

Seems like we’re in for a warm century and maybe who knows—worse. Squabbling over who’s going to not do what rules over at the Durban Climate Change Conference - November/December 2011. Too bad, it’s the last day.

At Climate Talks, Resistance From India, China, U.S. : NPR The climate treaty talks in Durban, South Africa, are confronting some fundamental disagreements among the 190-plus nations represented at the meeting. In addition to the usual divides between rich and poor, and north and south, there is no consensus about the best way to move forward with an international agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Confronting that reality, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon yesterday urged the gathered delegates to press on, even so. Ban admitted up front that a comprehensive deal may well be out of reach in Durban. But that's not reason to give up.  (December 7, 2011) Environment : NPR

What most people and countries around the world don’t seem to get is that we can’t wait if we want to stop Climate Change; and, we cannot do it alone. Without major agreements by the countries at the Climate Change conferences (this is the 7th) we, the folks on planet Earth, cannot move in concert towards a solution to reducing greenhouse gases (GHG) in something as large as our atmosphere. All those little things we do in our daily lives and all those things our governmental agencies say we must do won’t much matter if the rest of the world keeps spewing GHG into our atmosphere. We are so going to cook.

Some think we can use the social media to encourage our leaders not to delay critical decisions to curb the release of GHG and you should sign on:

350 | USA: Don't Delay on Climate Action! “At the UN Climate Talks in Durban, South Africa, the US is pushing for a delay on global climate action until 2020. A nine year delay could slam the door on ever getting carbon pollution back below 350 ppm, and would be a death sentence for the people at the front lines of the climate crisis.”

Using the social media might work. I don’t know. I’m not sure what our leaders are thinking because it’s not likely Climate Change will solve itself. Nor, obviously, do the major agencies in our country and non-governmental groups think Climate Change will just up and go away. The information is out there:

Yet, however much proof our leaders need that our climate is out of whack with the climate we evolved with (it’s the hockey stick effect) we go on dragging our feet when it comes to the Climate Change talks. That’s despite evidence that our situation grows more dire every day.

Billion-dollar weather disasters smash US record - Houston Chronicle WASHINGTON (AP) — America smashed the record for billion-dollar weather disasters this year with a deadly dozen, and counting. With an almost biblical onslaught of twisters, floods, snow, drought, heat and wildfire, the U.S. in 2011 has seen more weather catastrophes that caused at least $1 billion in damage than it did in all of the 1980s, even after the dollar figures from back then are adjusted for inflation.  (December 7, 2011) Houston News, Sports, Business, and Entertainment - The Houston Chronicle at Chron.com - Houston Chronicle

Many are probably overwhelmed by the multitude of crises around the world and find it hard to prioritize. For example, many think that the possibility of a nuclear exchange between warring nations will do us in. That instead of worrying about the nebulous Climate Change issue, we should worry about that. This is a worry, but here’s the difference between a possible nuclear exchange and Climate Change: a nuclear holocaust might happen. Climate Change is happening.

We are so going to cook.

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