It’s that time of year again: the time when green policy wonks up their personal carbon footprints by flying from all over the world to a central location to pat one another on the back for acknowledging that climate change is, by all accounts, happening. This year, delegates are dithering in Warsaw, hoping to “advance steps” towards the mythical Global Climate Treaty, which optimists hope will be signed in Paris in 2015. The BBC reports:
The delegates have been scarred by the experience in Copenhagen in 2009, when ambitions for a comprehensive deal foundered, despite the intense efforts of President Obama, Prime Minister Gordon Brown and others.What’s emerging now is a looser agreement whereby countries set their own targets, but are subject to some form of review by other nations.
As the staggering global climate movement continues to fall apart, yet another pointless UN meeting looks to get bogged down in procedural wrangling. Each one of these meetings is less ambitious, and comes with less hoopla and hope than before. Don’t expect Warsaw to produce much more than hot air and carbon emissions.[Earth image courtesy of NASA]