Remember Cancun?

January 5, 2011 at 10:33 am Leave a comment

Back from a festive break and looking forward to a new year of watching the welfare state being dismantled. Gonna start with a look back to December though…..you may distantly recall that there was another international summit to address climate change.

These negotiations are complex by their nature, so the UK media largely ignored them. On the sofa with the winter lurgy, I found some time to delve into the ups and downs of the Cancun agreement. So is the glass half full? Or, as Queensland sinks between the waves, is it half empty?

Half full: A Green Climate fund to help reduce emissions and deal with the consequences

Half empty: Administered by the World Bank (?!?!)

Half full: We, the developed world, are to find $100bn per year for the developing world.

Half empty: How? Where from? We are not told

Half full: They removed references to carbon markets (“fine to leave the lights on and buy a new SUV because I’ve paid someone to plant a tree in Bolivia”)

Half empty: Markets aren’t prohibited either, so they’ll do it anyway

Half full: First international acknowledgement that keeping it to 2C isn’t enough

Half empty: Two degrees? Tuvalu? Too bad.

Half full: Thanks mainly to Mexico, a total shambles was avoided

Half empty: We’re probably on course for a rise of 3.5 to 4 degrees in total. Don’t take my word for it, look up what that means in terms of our cosy little first world lives…… 

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This blog started during the months before the 2010 General Election, in which I was the Green candidate for Calder Valley. It's morphed into an account of green activism...and other meanderings.

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