GOODBYE DOHA December 10, 2012Posted by wmmbb in Global Warming (climate change), Global Warming Politics.
What is to made of the apparent failure at the Qatar talks recently concluded to confront the urgency and magnitude of the global atmospheric and ecological crisis?
Scientific reports, which the most reliable information available, suggests that alarm is warranted. There are many potential variables at work in the climate, but it seems clear, as was foreseen, that if greenhouse gases emissions continue and increase, there will be a change in the climate system. The anti-science, anti-truth proponents have not made a convincing case that the science is corrupt or the scientists stupd.We then to forget, I think I am right in claiming, that temperature is a derived effect. For example, my doctor was not so impressed by blood pressure reading, as he was in noting my lower levels of albumin (protein) in my blood sample. The recent claim, for example, that temperature has not risen in 16 years, was not reported with any sense of the multi-factored nature of a dynamic,interacting system. Similarly, mean temperature rise has to be seen within a statistical context.
David Wroe reported in The Sydney Morning Herald:
GREEN groups and climate change experts have warned that the meagre progress made at the latest international climate talks will not be enough to keep global warming to a manageable level.
After two weeks of talks in the Qatar capital, Doha, the Gillard government announced over the weekend it had signed up to a second round of the Kyoto Protocol, legally binding Australia to its intended target of cutting greenhouse emissions by at least 5 per cent by 2020.
The 18th United Nations conference on climate change also laid down a timetable for negotiating a comprehensive global agreement by 2015 that would involve all major emitters, including emerging giants such as China and India.
Kyoto compels cuts only from 35 industrialised nations – Australia, the European Union nations, Ukraine, Switzerland and Norway – which make up 15 per cent of global emissions. The United States has never ratified the agreement. Round two, which will take effect on January 1 and run until 2020, has been further weakened by the withdrawal of Russia, Canada and Japan.
Nearly 200 nations attending the talks took the historic step of agreeing to look at ways to address climate change ”loss and damage” incurred by poor nations. Though no money was attached to the agreement, it potentially opens the way for future compensation paid by rich countries.
But the meeting failed to deliver any actual greenhouse emissions cuts that the environmental lobby says is crucial to avoiding catastrophic global warming.
”With the world currently on track to experience 4 degrees to 6 degrees celsius of global warming this century, it is very disappointing that Doha failed to deliver any real progress to reduce global emissions,” said the WWF climate change policy manager, Will McGoldrick, who was at the Doha gathering.
He said the international community needed to speed up negotiations to meet the deadline of having a binding treaty covering all major emitters by 2015. Ultimately the Doha meeting ”fell short on ambition”, he said.
Erwin Jackson, deputy chief executive officer of the Climate Institute – a privately funded climate change think tank – said that while some progress was made, it was largely ”business as usual for global climate politics”.
Despite the extended deadline, the problem in the two-week meeting in Doha was of collective political inaction, particularly on the major carbon dioxide emitter, the US and China. This was true of the Russians and East Europeans, as well, you should have known better, given their recent experience with extreme heat wave conditions. The same can be said for the US and China. So what is going on? Why isn’t the climate registering within the political decision-making process? Whatever the failings of the UN, it is better than nothing and all we have.
So in relation to the impending climate catastrophe, it may simply be foolish to initially rely on government, and place more importance on popular global movements, such as 350.org.
Christopher Monckton spoke to spread disinformation, and counsel inaction:
Amy Goodman talks to the US Negotiator:
The Phillipine Negotiator, Naderev Sano, reminds other delegates of what was currently happening in his country:
Inaction and procrastination will be the lingering memories of the Doha climate gathering.
- Doha Fails Utterly – Only 37 Countries Agree To Extend Old Kyoto Treaty! “Lots Of Declarations Of Intent” (notrickszone.com)
- UN agrees to extend Kyoto Protocol (abc.net.au)
- Kyoto all Over Again? US Obstructive Force at Climate Talks (commondreams.org)
- Doha failed to deliver, say experts (theage.com.au)
- Kyoto Protocol Extended, Only Covers Fraction Of Emissions (huffingtonpost.com)
- Doha talks enter final day with no concrete deal (thehindu.com)