Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Global climate treaty still years away

The new international climate deal that would oblige all countries to major cuts in greenhouse gas emissions looks more and more unlikely. World is much more worried about the current global economic woes and a mounting debt crisis than about what increased climate change impact will do to our planet.

The next stop for climate change talks is in Durban, South Africa, from Nov 28 to Dec 9, with expectations being very low to say the least. The previous talks have failed to secure a successor to Kyoto and the same scenario is sadly expected to occur in Durban as well.

More delays in agreeing upon the new climate deal means bigger probability that the world will miss a chance to limit warming to 2 degrees Celsius.

There are many political analysts who believe we might as well forget about the new international climate deal before the end of the decade.

And in the meantime emissions continue to grow because transition to renewable energy isn't going as smoothly as expected. In fact, in many countries around the globe the large number of new fossil fuel power plants are being built as I write this.

China and United States are world's largest greenhouse gas emitters. Greenhouse gases emissions are also heavily increasing in India. India is currently world's third largest greenhouse gas emitter.

The strong difference in opinion between developing and developed countries still divides world making it impossible to achieve a global treaty.

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