With the failure of Copenhagen and the impending demise if Kyoto, the world’s warmies are desperately trying to establish a new international deal on greenhouse gases before it’s “too late”. But that looks unlikely, with “climate action” starting to become a bit unfashionable.
Governments of the world’s richest countries have given up on forging a new treaty on climate change to take effect this decade, with potentially disastrous consequences for the environment through global warming.
Ahead of critical talks starting next week, most of the world’s leading economies now privately admit that no new global climate agreement will be reached before 2016 at the earliest, and that even if it were negotiated by then, they would stipulate it could not come into force until 2020.
The eight-year delay is the worst contemplated by world governments during 20 years of tortuous negotiations on greenhouse gas emissions, and comes despite intensifying warnings from scientists and economists about the rapidly increasing dangers of putting off prompt action.
Well there we go. We’re not going to get an economy-crushing green scheme for at least nine years. Oh, that’s right. Our government thinks we’re falling behind these climate crusaders. We’re not just handing in our homework early while other developed countries procrastinate, we’re doing theirs as well.
As you would expect, The Guardian is doing its best to instill alarm in its audience and heighten urgency.
The Alliance of Small Island States, which represents some of the countries most at risk from global warming, called moves to delay a new treaty “reckless and irresponsible”.
Postponing an operational agreement until 2020 would be fatal to hopes of avoiding catastrophic climate change, according to scientists, economists and green campaigners.
Green campaigners? Why didn’t you say so?
Scientists say the only way to avoid catastrophic and irreversible climate change is to hold temperatures to no more than 2C above pre-industrial levels.
And just how have they come up with this 2C figure?
The new delay comes as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warned on Friday of mounting evidence that global warming was leading to more extreme weather events such as floods and droughts, and fiercer storms.
And just outright ignore the uncertainty associated with some of the projected outcomes.