A soggy Yuletide Roundup

Recently posted this on my other blog, thought I’d put it up here too, happy new year!


The failings of Paris


While I’m pleased that the agreement in Paris yielded some positives, however it suffers from a major problem – it is distinctly lacking in specifics. There are no set targets nor timetable in terms of at what pace emissions should be cut, no clear policy for enforcing such cuts, no penalties to countries who renege on their commitments at Paris.

Much of the debate seemed to be as to whether a threshold of 1.5 degrees or 2 degrees should be accepted. Why didn’t they just go the whole hog and make it -1.5 degrees and commit to cooling the planet slightly for all the good it would have done! Because without some sort of concrete measures its inevitable that cutting emissions will quickly fall to the bottom of the political agenda, particularly when there are populist parties on the rise in many democracies who believe they can…

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About daryan12

Engineer, expertise: Energy, Sustainablity, Computer Aided Engineering, Renewables technology
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One Response to A soggy Yuletide Roundup

  1. neilrieck says:

    With all due respect to the well minded people involved in COP21, I do not believe it is possible to get governments of capitalistic economies to ratify any international agreement to make carbon more expensive. Why? There is too large an incentive to cheat, and too much of a political lobby to retain the status quo. Most technical people have heard the old adage “if you can’t raise the bridge then try lowering the river”. Applying this to humanity’s current dilemma means we need an international agreement to eliminate all government subsidies on carbon. At the same time the G20 or G7 (at the very least) should agree to subsidize the development of renewable energy technology. Someday soon the price of renewable energy would be lower than the price of carbon which (from a capitalistic perspective) means this problem would take care of itself.

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