This article is by a conservative who may just want to cause trouble. None-the-less, it contains a lot of accurate information, although sometimes with a nasty spin. But that’s no excuse for hiding our heads in the sand. [Read more…]
Archives for November 2015
India argues that it cannot simply decide between renewable and non-renewable power – it needs both. [Read more…]
The upcoming Paris climate talks would be much more successful if the rules of the game weren’t so faulty, a number of scientists believe. All that it would take is for the UN to observe one simple concept: reciprocity. [Read more…]
This graph shows how the UN predicts what would have happened without the Paris pledges. And it shows what is probably a more realistic prediction because [Read more…]
When Greenpeace becomes a bunch of wide-eyed optimists about a treaty that even OPEC likes, you know we’re in trouble. They list 5 things to know about COP21, and get 4 1/2 of them wrong. Such touching naiveté.
- “They’re meeting in Paris to try and agree a global legally binding climate treaty.”
- They say “legally binding,” but that’s a joke. Without any enforcement at all, nothing is binding. And no one will even mention … [Read more…]
China has turned a corner. It’s gone from horrible to normal regarding its emissions growth. That’s really good news for the world, but here’s the catch: It has nothing to do with the UN negotiations or Paris. [Read more…]
The UNEP released the Executive Summary of its 6th annual Emissions Gap Report. These track how far short the climate pledges are falling relative to the 2°C goal. Basically it says, many models say that the INDCs make the 2°C scenarios impossible to meet, and the other models say it’s possible with a massive cost increase. [Read more…]
About seven-in-ten Chinese (71%) support an international treaty to curtail emissions, yet just 18% of the public expresses intense concern about climate conditions. This is the lowest concern of any of the 18 countries surveyed. Since the Chinese contribution to the treaty is entirely focussed on reducing their horrendous local pollution from coal, it is not surprising the the treaty is so popular.
In contrast 45% of the US citizens express intense concern. Again the financial commitment to that concern was not measured. (Full article.)
“China is now leading the world when it comes to fighting climate change – handily beating the US’s efforts under Barack Obama,” said Figueres, according to the Guardian.
This is not just mean-spirited, but also highly misleading. Between 2000 and 2014 China increased its CO2 emissions 178% while the US decreased its emissions by 6%. China’s CO2 emissions per capita are triple (2.95) those of the US. And China is now causing [Read more…]