The Guardian’s envirnment correspondent assesses the strength of the agreement five years on from its signing, at the moment (8 December 2020) when the signatories are meant to be upping their commitments to reduce their carbon emissions.
but will we make the effort? A report from the authoritative organisation Climate Action Tracker finds that if we all reach net zero carbon by 2050, the temperature rise would be no more than 2.1 degrees.
A UN report finds that production plans for fossil fuels directly contradict commitments made under the Paris Climate Accord. See the Guardian article from 2-12-2020 covering this, including a shocking graph showing, in order of decreasing size, planned production, pledged production and production compatible with keeping below a 2 degree increase.
António Guterres says that “humanity is waging war on nature” in a stark message reported in the Guardian on 2-12-20.
as well as promoting biodiversity and preventing damaging flooding downstream– see the article documenting this in the online magazine The Conversation of 25-11-2020
The Adani coal mining project, which would severely impact Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, has been denied finance by every bank it has turned to — until now. India’s State Bank is considering providing finance. This petition to the CEO seeks to dissuade him.
— but it’s not the only one. A Guardian article from 19-11-2020 by Robert Devine explains what is a “market failure” and shows how markets alone can never solve a problem like climate change. Also lots of good comments, for and against, following the article.
Sir David King, former chief government scientific adviser , gave the Lord Mayor of Coventry’s annual Peace Talk on November 12th 2020. A recording of the talk is available here. Well worth watching, in particular for King’s view of Extinction Rebellion, 57 minutes in to the recording.
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