Saturday, December 5, 2015

Paris Climate Conference explained by Climate Reality, Grist, and Wochit

One of the phenomena listed as a threat to biodiversity in "Racing Extinction" is climate change.  Right now, governments from all over the planet are meeting in Paris to reach an agreement to limit greenhouse gas emissions and mitigate and adapt to climate change.  Climate Reality explains the importance of the conference along with outlining the stakes in What Is COP21?

What is COP21? Why are the UN climate talks happening in December 2015 in Paris, France, so important? And what can you do about it? Morgan Freeman gives you the details on why this meeting is really your meeting.
Yes, the voice of God Himself is telling viewers about this.  That's how important this issue is.

That's the hope.  What about the reality of what will actually be achieved?  Grist elaborates on those in The Paris climate negotiations, explained.

Has anyone ever tried to convince you to order something off a menu that you couldn’t afford? Or had a friend buy an expensive appetizer and assume you’ll help split the bill? The dynamic isn’t too far from what’s happening in climate policy right now, with hypocritical, richer countries trying to convince poorer countries that green energy is the way forward. At the end of November, diplomats will gather in Paris for the most high-stakes dinner party yet: Their orders are likely to affect our collective climate future. Check out our video above for all the savory details.
So, how is the conference working out so far?  Wochit reports in A First Draft Of Climate Resolution In Paris.

[A]fter four years' work as the basis for ministers to try to resolve hundreds of points of disagreement next week, senior officials from almost 200 nations approved a draft text of a U.N. climate deal on Saturday. The idea is that the text lays out options, ranging from a long-term goal for slowing climate change to rising climate finance for developing nations, that can be resolved by ministers next week at talks lasting until Friday. Many nations said the draft left too many issues unresolved. The draft is the result of four years of work since the process was launched in Durban in 2011.
Looks like the not good enough but better than nothing solution that Grist predicted will be ratified.  I'm enough of a realist that I'll take better than nothing now in the hope of getting good enough later.  That's what I did when it came to the Keystone XL Pipeline and I got not only good enough, but much better than I expected.  May we all be so fortunate when it comes to climate change.

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