Slow pace of carbon cuts brings catastrophic climate change closer: UNThe gap between the carbon emission cuts pledged and the cuts scientists say are needed has widened, report warns
quoting 'warnings' from those in the business who know. Warnings about the gap between what needs to be done in terms of GHG reductions and actual achievements. UNEP director Steiner and UN
Climate Chief Figueres warn that 'time is running out' but that there is still a chance to stay within the 2 degree limit. The European Environment Agency says "Climate change is a reality around the world, and the extent and speed of change is becoming ever more evident. This means that every part of the economy, including households, needs to adapt as well as reduce emissions."
Last week the journal Nature carried a comment from finance capitalist Jeremy Grantham, encouraging climate scientists to speak out. He is not concerned about overselling, because the reverse is more unethical. He wrote: 'Overstatement may generally be dangerous in science (it certainly is for careers) but for climate change, uniquely, understatement is even riskier and therefore, arguably, unethical.' He even thinks scientists should get arrested, if necessary (necessary for what?): 'It is crucial that scientists take more career risks and sound a more realistic, more desperate, note on the global-warming problem. Younger scientists are obsessed by thoughts of tenure, so it is probably up to older, senior and retired scientists to do the heavy lifting. Be arrested if necessary. This is not only the crisis of your lives — it is also the crisis of our species’ existence. I implore you to be brave.' Will this make an impression on the old guard?
We now had 17 Conferences of the parties, none leading to the desired result. The 15th was supposed the crucial one, but the most disappointing. This time the expectations are lower, but the pre-COP rhetoric has not changed register. Will this old script attract any new audiences? Is there anything attractive in the announcements? Rhetorical questions, I know.