Concern for the environment is dismissed by mainstream media as a fad for fringe eccentric types looking for end of the world signs: year 2000, year 2012, over population, climate change (http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/01/us/the-unrealized-horrors-of-population-explosion.html ). The underlying assumption is that human technology will keep us going into intergalactic mastership. The reality is that we have reached the planetary boundaries for human civilization and we are executing a dangerous game of chicken against Nature ()
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) has delivered an overwhelming consensus that climate change impacts are accelerating, fueled by human-caused emissions. Business as usual is a high risk path with possible catastrophic consequences within the twenty first century (http://www.wri.org/blog/2013/09/world%E2%80%99s-carbon-budget-be-spent-three-decades ).
Doom is not destiny. It is not written. We can choose. In a way, we are Gods. Whether we are aware or pretend that nothing happens, we are deciding the future of humanity, each one of us, with everything we do, at breakfast, driving to work and school, changing phones.
Fundamental changes are needed to abate the risks of climate disaster but changing path is not easy. It is just no way to substitute fossil fuels with other technologies. It is not a technology bound, it is a physical limit. The era of cheap energy is gone.
At best, society has decades to drop CO2 emissions and stabilize the biomes that sustain human life. Societies had collapsed before, here and there. But this time around, there is literally nowhere else to go. This is the last stance. The shepherd boy has cried wolf so many times before. Yet, the wolf was always there.
The United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP21 or CMP11 will be held in Paris, France in 2015. The international climate conference will be held at the Le Bourget site from 30 November to 11 December 2015. This will be the 21st yearly session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the 1992 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the 11th session of the Meeting of the Parties (CMP 11) to the 1997 Kyoto Protocol. The conference objective is to achieve a legally binding and universal agreement on climate, from all the nations of the world. Leadership of the negotiations is yet to be determined.
Backed by French President François Hollande, U.S. President Barack Obama and EU leaders, the host of the summit in Schloss Elmau succeeded in putting tough, tangible commitments into the communiqué that the group agreed to Monday afternoon. That includes the crucial promise to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40 to 70 percent by 2050, compared to 2010 levels, and to limit global warming to below 2 degrees Celsius compared to pre-industrial levels.
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