“David King and Achim Steiner debate whether international climate treaties have become redundant…” (Source: The Guardian).
"Cutting emissions by 2020 to a level that could keep a global, 21st century, temperature rise under 2 degrees C is technologically and economically feasible, says a comprehensive new study released today by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP)."
If you read carefully what is required (accelerated uptake of renewables, more energy efficiency, more public transport and strong mitigation efforts from aviation and shipping), you know that this is a wishful thinking report which is politically irrealistic.
John Vidal in the Guardian: "World leaders have reduced climate change to a low-grade, backroom discussion. But developing countries are getting angry."
Our European leaders are busy saving Europe, no? And in the U.S., Obama and the Anti-American, anti-science party are preparing elections. So climate change will have to wait a few years. I guess it is time to start building the Second Ark.
“With global climate talks set to begin next week, China on Tuesday issued the most comprehensive document yet on its plans and negotiating positions on emissions.” (Source: NY Times)
Unfortunately, this White Paper is in my opinion nothing more than a tactical tool to shift the blame and the responsibility for future big action on the rich, developed countries. China should stop positioning itself as a "developing" country.
(Reuters) – “EU finance ministers on Tuesday signed off on more than 4 billion euros ($5.5 billion) in short-term funding to help developing countries adapt to climate change and curb emissions…"
This is positive news but with growing debt challenges, will the EU’s resolve on providing climate finance deliver in the long run?