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Copenhagen: another predictable failure
The mosT rcnt IPCC’ (Intrgvrn-
mental Panel on Climate Change) n
ings say that rich, inustrial countriesmust cut emissions from 1990 levelsby 25-40 percent by 2020 if the worlis to have a fair chance of avoiingangerous climate change.
In July the G-8 leaers agree tolimit the global temperature rise to2 egrees C above the pre-inustriallevel at which human civilisation e
velope. Pre-Copenhagen the EU hasplege 20 percent cuts by 2020, but will increase this to 30 percent if oth
ers – like the US – o likewise. Japanhas plege 25 percent reuctionsby 2020 if others will o the same.Chinese presient Hu plege to cut
iin ‘by a ntabl argin’ by
2020. The US has given no assurancesbut a bill Obama has sai he sup
ports (the Waxman-Markey bill) woulgive less than 5 percent reuctions by2020.Also in July, the nings of a newlycomplete stuy by WBGU (a Germanacronym) – the chairman of which,Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, is chief climate aviser to the German govern
ment – were given for the rst time toan invitation-only conference in theSanta Fe Institute, New Mexico. Thestuy has since been publishe. ThisWBGU stuy says the US must stop
emissions by 2020; Germany,Italy an other inustrial nations by2025-30 an China by 2035, with the whole worl neeing to be carbon-emissions-free by 2050. The stuy woul allow the big polluters to elaytheir slowown by buying emissionsrights from eveloping countries,enabling possible extension times of aroun a ecae for some. A funa
mental principle of the stuy is the‘per capita principle’, meaning thatthe right to emit greenhouse gasesis share equally by all people onEarth. Applie to a worl populationof seven billion, each person on earth woul have a quota of 2.7 tons of CO
whereas currently US citizens emit 20tons per capita.
Schellnhuber claims that meetingthese criteria will give humanity a two-in-three chance of staying within that2 egrees C limit – although there isno guarantee. To increase the os infavour carbon emissions woul haveto en sooner; elaying another ec
ae or so before halting all emissions woul reuce the os to fty-fty.
Os are that whatever is promoteat Copenhagen there will be much jockeying an positioning, manyne wors an ifs an buts by self-important worl leaers an anotherecae own the ever-more pollutean climate change-affecte roa we’ll look back an see another abjectfailure – just like Rio, Kyoto, Johan
nesburg, etc. a innitum. What morecan we expect from a system whichmakes a habit of fouling its own aneveryboy else’s backyar as long asit’s making money by blin pursuit of growth? Come 2020 the King Canutesof capitalism will still be trying to holback the waves with empty gestures.
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