Blogging hasn’t been a priority for me of late, as I am trying to close a very large project and working long hours to do so. Having ‘just a few more minutes’ in bed this morning, I half-heard something about climate change on the radio:
“An agency that advises rich nations about energy has said that is it virtually impossible for the world to keep with the safe limits defined by scientists for climate change. The Chief Economist of the International Energy Agency told an audience in London that that key nations were not prepared to take the steps necessary to cut carbon growth.”
Then the familiar tones of the BBC’s Environment Correspondent Roger Harrabin…
“The official position of the World’s governments is that greenhouse gas emissions should be kept within a level associated by scientists with a potentially dangerous temperature rise of 2 degrees. That postition has looked increasingly unrealistic over the years and now Dr Birol has said the unsayable – that the 2 degree target is “virtually impossible” to acheive. It would take a doubling of the current effort then a doubling again, with the biggest push needed from emerging economies where climate is not high on the agenda.”
But then perhaps I was dreaming. Well, it seems not – there it is, hidden away on Roger Harrabin’s column on the website Mission impossible?
“And there appeared widespread relief that Dr Birol said the unsayable – that peaking emissions by 2020 was virtually impossible, and that in those circumstances we could “kiss goodbye” to the 2C target.”
“Dr Birol referred to the debate in Europe as to whether the EU would cut emissions by 20% or 30% by 2020 against 1990 levels. The difference between these two targets, he said, was equivalent to just two weeks of China’s emissions.”
Reality is setting in.