Climate change and the continual demand for economic growth

The Guardian, 15 December 15:

The Paris Accord has been hailed as a diplomatic triumph because the alternative is too awful to contemplate (One paragraph at a time: how the deal was done to save the planet Dec 14). Nevertheless the atmosphere does not respond to political craft and strategic compromise, it only responds to the laws of physics which are uncompromising and potentially lethal for more most species on Earth, including our own.

All of the really tough decisions such as carbon taxes, country-specific limits and financial penalties have been shelved, which will allow countries such as India , China and even the UK to carry on burning fossil fuels whilst paying lip-service to the need to reduce emissions. Instead the goal of 1.5 and even 2 degrees C will now rely on unproven and currently non-existent technologies such as nuclear fusion, carbon capture with storage or carbon negative technologies. I pray these will come in time but how many people would get on a flight in the hope that someone can defuse the bomb before it blows up?

Dr Robin Russell-Jones
Stoke Poges, Buckinghamshire

 

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