The latest climate report came out the other day, showing what a crap job we’re doing of saving the planet.
According to the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), we might as well have stayed home and burned coal or wood fires for the past three decades for all the good it’s done to avert global warming. The findings inspired all the usual cataclysmic headlines — “bombshell” report, “climate disaster,” “environmental catastrophe.”
“The report shows that we only have the slimmest of opportunities remaining to avoid unthinkable damage to the climate system that supports life as we know it,” advised Amjad Abdulla, an IPCC board member.
Twenty-five years after the Rio summit, 20 years after the Kyoto accord, despite relentless haranguing from governments, academics, experts, activists and sages of all size, shape and colour, we’re still going straight to hell in a handbasket, climate-wise. We won’t reach any of the targets we’re supposed to be committed to, and even if we did, it wouldn’t be enough. Hitting the target increase of 1.5 degrees C would demand “rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented” change in just about very facet of daily life. Meeting the goals set at the big Paris confab in 2015 wouldn’t do the trick even if they’re jacked up after 2030.
Kelly McParland – National Post – October 10, 2018.