Climate change plan falls short

 
309Views 7Comments Posted 03/10/2015

By Alex Pashley
The world is still on track for dangerous levels of temperature rise by 2100, but countries’ proposed carbon cuts will make a difference.

Submissions to a UN climate deal (INDCs) have lowered warming projections to 2.7C from a 3.6C rise on pre-industrial levels if governments took no action, Climate Action Tracker (CAT) said on Thursday Oct 1.

With two months to go until countries aim to strike a global climate pact in Paris, collective commitments do not meet the internationally agreed limit of 2C.

“The INDC process has clearly led to progress, but it is clear that in Paris governments must consider formally acknowledging that their first round of climate plans for 2025 and 2030 will not hold warming below 2C,” said Bill Hare of Climate Analytics.

Governments must revise commitments from 2025 onwards to feasibly rein in climate change, Hare added.

“Based on the INDCs submitted to date, locking in targets for 2030 could be catastrophic for efforts to limit warming below 2C, so the agreement had better focus on 2025.”

CAT has analysed 20 INDCs from major emitters to a new climate pact, covering 78% of global emissions.

It found several of them “inadequate”, including Australia, Japan and Canada. Only two countries – Costa Rica and Ethiopia – were judged to have made a “sufficient” contribution.

“All big emitters should seriously reconsider improving their INDCs between now and Paris,  or soon after,” said Kornelis Blok of Ecofys.

“That only two Governments have climate commitments rated sufficient is not ideal, only two months before Paris.”



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Garlicball

The Cheech and Chong of this blog are at it again! Cheech: "Climate terrorism! How can anyone predict with such certainty when the scientists cannot even give an accurate one-day weather forecast? I believe Obama has his sights on becoming the UN Security-Genera." Chong: "I were President high on the bucket list of things to do would be extracting us from membership and booting them (The United Nations) out of the U.S. (The ) Emperor of the World is certainly in Obama's sight as he leaves office and he appears to be setting himself up to achieve that goal, which requires him taking the U.S. down." Expat expert commentary from the best the normal community has to offer! Is this the best? I do not believe that.

3 years ago
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RedNekTex

Why, Mr. Pashley, are you huckstering this well known scam? Who is paying you for the bias in pushing an agenda that we all know has been completely debunked? The only ones who benefit are the ultra rich elites, because they'll invest and control everything that the scheme causes to rise in price. While the earth will go on for millennia doing what it has always done, he poor and middle class will again get the shaft.

3 years ago
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Richard Charron

Yes Emperor of the World is certainly in Obama's sight as he leaves office and he appears to be setting himself up to achieve that goal, which requires him taking the U.S. down. What else can this waste of a human being do other than find some communities to organize. Think about it; the U.N. is nothing but a giant Community Organization filled with bribery, wasteful spending and a scratch my back and I'll scratch yours mentality. A perfect fit for a con man like Obama. Our withdrawal from that organization can't come soon enough. Look at the way they treat Israel, this will only get worse under Obama's leadership and I agree he will have some type of position there.

3 years ago
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mhogan

Agree! The UN should be dismantled as an irrelevant organization. But I believe Obama has his sights on becoming the UN Security-General (world leader) after 2016. Then he can shift his attention from destruction of the U.S. to a bigger arena. Giving him a Nobel Peace Prize in 2009 (can you believe there's talk of a second one for him before he leaves office--for taking into the U.S. tens of thousands of Syrian refugees?) has gone to his overinflated ego.

3 years ago
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mhogan

Climate terrorism! How can anyone predict with such certainty when the scientists cannot even give an accurate one-day weather forecast? Pure "bunk" is right ... global warming is a scare tactic predicated on a lie. The fact that the earth warms and cools is a natural occurrence that has taken place since the Earth was created and will continue as long as the world exists (which may be shortened if the idiot leaders don't throw us all into another WW). That, to me, is the greater threat. Then, who'll give a sh*t about 2 deg. of warming?

3 years ago
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Richard Charron

The U.N. is desperately seeking a purpose, although non really exists regarding "climate change", as they are fundamentally failing at the purported reason for existing in the first place, namely peace in the world. They are too busy involving themselves in matters of no concern to a world body such as gun control and climate change. They are basically a useless organization and if I were President high on the bucket list of things to do would be extracting us from membership and booting them out of the U.S.

3 years ago
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crbob

The climate has been changing throughout history, someone is out to make their fortunes off of the climate change bunk........

3 years ago
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