Thursday, April 22, 2010

Climate change: Not enough

Last year, at the disastrous Copenhagen climate change conference, world leaders desperate to save face agreed the "Copenhagen Accord". While it set a goal of limiting climate change to less than two degrees above pre-industrial levels, the Accord included no mechanism to achieve that goal, setting only weak, voluntary emissions reduction targets.

Today, scientists have exposed just how ineffective the Accord is likely to be, with an article in Nature revealing that those targets commit us to at least three degrees of warming. Worse, they're slower than the emissions reductions countries are already achieving. In other words, its a commitment not to lower emissions, but increase them.

This is not good enough. The world wants action, the world needs action. If our so-called "leaders" are not going to deliver that action, it is time we de-elected them and got new ones.