Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Copenhagen Final Accord

With all the fall-out and people either pointing fingers or patting themselves on the back, there was an actual document produced that is now the Copenhagen Accord.

I decided to give a link to it, so you can read it for yourself.

As you read it, you might notice that most of the language is directed towards the underdeveloped world, the part that is going to take it on the chin if carbon emissions continue to increase and the world continues to heat up.

While there is some nice words about keeping the temperature below 2C, it's just a lot of words. Well, in actual fact, there's not a whole lot of words, just a couple of paragraphs and only to say its something they want to aim for, without giving any guidelines on what to do.

what I like is the last two pages, I think everyone is supposed to fill in what they want to do, like an attendance sheet.

Then again, one climate scientist, James Hansen had hoped for a failure, not because he relishes the idea of a heated planet but rather:
would rather it not happen if people accept that as being the right track because it's a disaster track," said Hansen, who heads the Nasa Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York.

"The whole approach is so fundamentally wrong that it is better to reassess the situation. If it is going to be the Kyoto-type thing then [people] will spend years trying to determine exactly what that means." He was speaking as progress towards a deal in Copenhagen received a boost today, with India revealing a target to curb its carbon emissions. All four of the major emitters – the US, China, EU and India – have now tabled offers on emissions, although the equally vexed issue of funding for developing nations to deal with global warming remains deadlocked.

His full interview in the Guardian is found here.

Let's hope for something better

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