Carbon cuts will only give us a 50/50 chance of saving the planet
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The new research shows that early action against man-made climate change is a must to be able to avoid the doomsday scenarios that comes with a two degree increase in global temperatures.
The new findings from the UK Met Office were presented at the Climate Change: Global Risks, Challenges and Decisions Congress in Copenhagen last week. And they will put even more pressure on the countries around the world now starting to gather and negotiate in Copenhagen for the upcoming UN Climate Change Conference this December â€“ the last chance we have to take action against â€œthe greatest threat the world has ever facedâ€.
Al Gore says the world will agree on a new and better climate deal this time. He argues that a "political tipping point" regarding climate change has been reached:
I am on the other hand not that optimistic. Sure, we might reach an agreement in Copenhagen. But will it be a strong agreement that actually take the new scientific findings into account? Or will it surrender to short-sighted economic gains from corporate interests?
I do see light in the tunnel. With the election of Barack Obama we got rid of the ignorant and idiotic stopping block, that is to say George Bush and the Republican Party. But even Obama is showing signs of weakness. Todd Stern, the Obama administrationâ€™s new top climate-change negotiator, says that a 25% greenhouse gas reduction by 2020 is "not possible":
And so far all the climate conferences and talks have ended in a total failure. The climate targets that have been set and agreed on are too conservative and donâ€™t take the science into account. And pretty much all the reductions that countries so far have managed to do have been by outsourcing the pollution to poorer developing countries. For example the UN Climate Change Conference in PoznaÅ„, Poland, ended in embarrassment for the European Union when itâ€™s leaders failed to agree on a strong climate deal. George Monbiot, Europeâ€™s leading green commentator, even called the new EU deal for â€œcarbon colonialismâ€.
What we need is a new stronger climate deal that is based on science and not corporate interests. We need a climate deal with a goal of 350 ppm as a level to balance and stabilize the CO2 in our atmosphere. And we need a climate deal that includes sanctions against countries that do not follow the climate roadmap. Is that really too much to ask for?