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Paris Needs To Take The ‘Climate’ Out Of ‘Climate Aid’
1. Catalyze immediate, urgent and drastic emission reductions;
2. Provide adequate support for transformation;
3. Deliver justice for impacted people;
4. Focus on genuine, effective action rather than false solutions;
Does the deal pass the test? The 15,000 people who took to the Paris streets today to condemn the agreement clearly didn’t think so. Here’s New Internationalist’s (NI) assessment.
Sunday 13 December 2015 00.00 GMT
Oxfam said the deal would be a landmark step but was not enough to ensure that a rise of 3C could be avoided or that sufficient climate funding had been secured for vulnerable communities.
Article 4 of the agreement seems to avoid making a global effort to change things and leaves each country to go his own way
By Eli Kintisch 30 November 2015 3:00 am
It’s reasonable to view the climate talks that begin this week in Paris with skepticism. More than 2 decades have passed since nations met in Rio de Janeiro to create the 1992 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Since then, a succession of international meetings under the Framework—most notably in Kyoto, Japan, in 1997 and Copenhagen in 2009—have done little to alter our planet’s worrisome trajectory. Annual global emissions of CO2 have risen steadily from 21 billion tons in 1992 to 32 billion tons in 2012. The rate of increase in the atmospheric concentration of greenhouse gases has accelerated, by roughly 30% since the 1990’s. Nine of the 10 warmest years on record have occurred since 1998, and the impacts of climate change are already being felt from the tropics to the poles.
Optimists point to the growing use of solar, wind, and other renewable power sources and the success of some nations, such as Denmark, in curbing emissions. But rising emissions from China, India, and other developing nations are swamping that progress. And the dismal track record of global climate talks inspires little confidence that nations can agree to make the huge changes required to stop treating the atmosphere like a carbon sewer.
Paris climate talks need an agreement that is good enough to tip the world decisively towards rapid decarbonisation.
The twenty-first meeting of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 21) takes place in Paris 30 November to 11 December. Everyone hopes for decisive action to avoid dangerous climate change, but a ‘perfect’ agreement might not be essential after all.
Success at the upcoming climate talks will rather depend on a recognition by the world’s nations that incremental change will not do the job, writes Centre Director Johan Rockström in a column in Nature.
“The threshold for success in Paris should not be at the level of ‘resolving the climate problem’ through incremental change, but rather ‘the assurance that the world is serious about a transformation’. We need an agreement that is good enough to tip the world decisively towards rapid decarbonisation.”
Stockholm Resilience Centre will participate in a series of events in Paris