Fears that COP24 global climate summit didn't go far enough
by Will Roderick
What's Going On Here?
Last week representatives from 196 nations met at the COP24 summit on climate change in Katowice, Poland. With negotiations having drawn to a close and mixed feelings expressed by many nations, there was one major accomplishment in that 196 governments agreed on a rulebook for implementing the 2015 Paris Agreement.
Was it a Good COP or Bad COP?
“You cannot cut a deal with science, you cannot negotiate with the laws of physics”
Mohamed Nasheed, Former President of the Maldives
These are wise words from a former president of a country particularly vulnerable to the effects of climate change, of which there are many who feel that the ‘rulebook’ continues to favour industrialised countries and demands too little climate action from them.
Why Should We Care?
“The window of opportunity is closing”
Antonio Guterres, U.N. Secretary General
Perhaps the most important thing to ask is whether the aforementioned rulebook will limit global temperature rise to below 2 degrees? Put simply, no.
As it stands, the implementation of current climate pledges is estimated to limit warming to about 3 degrees, which is significantly more than the 2 degree limit scientists warn we must avoid! What’s more worrying is that even in light of this, 2018 global carbon emissions are expected to rise by around 2.7 percent, following a 1.6% increase in 2017!
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