in the midst of the pre-COP21 bullshit speaks the truth and tells it
as it is
Paris Climate Talks Be Too Little, Too Late?
the first week of December, delegations from nearly 200 countries
will convene in Paris for the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21)
climate conference. It has been billed, like the last several, as the
most important climate meeting ever. The goal, like that of past
COPs, is to have governments commit to taking steps to cut carbon
dioxide emissions in order to limit planetary warming to within 2
degrees Celsius above the preindustrial temperature baseline.
this is a politically agreed-upon limit. It is not based on science.
Disruption DispatchesRenowned climate scientist James Hansen and
multiple other scientists have already shown that a planetary
temperature increase of 1 degree Celsius above preindustrial baseline
temperatures is enough to cause runaway climate feedback loops,
extreme weather events and a disastrous sea level rise.
the UK meteorological office has shown that this year's global
temperature average has already surpassed that 1 degree Celsius
in advance of the Paris talks, the UN announced that the amount of
carbon dioxide already in the atmosphere has locked in another 2.7
degrees Celsius warming at a minimum, even if countries move forward
with the pledges they make to cut emissions. Hence, even the 2 degree
Celsius goal is already unattainable. However, similar to the way in
which national elections in the United States continue to maintain
the illusion that this country is a democracy, and "We the
People" truly have legitimate representation in Washington, DC,
illusions must be maintained at the COP21.
the faux goal of 2 degrees Celsius continues to be discussed.
Meanwhile, the planet burns.