It’s been described as an historic agreement by the British PM Gordon Brown. The world’s richest industrial nationshave agreed to cut their carbon emissions by 80 per cent by 2050 and to try to limit global warming to just 2C (3.6F) above pre-industrial levels. But is 2050 too little too late? If we’re feeling the impact now why plans being made for the next 41 years?
ozziepaul reacted to the story saying:
“2050 is far too far away. If we follow the science rather than the politics we need an 80% now so a time-frame of 2020. It is do-able. All the technology exists. What is lacking is the political will and the determination to put the long term health and survival of the planet before the short term profits of the multinationals.”
And rhinocircus called it ‘A junketing of pledges’:
“I shall not see 2050,nor will billions who watch this charade repeat itself over the years, but my guess is that plague pandemics will be the tools of redress, rather than the conscientious disciplines of “civilised” governments.” Do you think G8 leaders are out of touch? Or have they got it right in long-term planning?
Speaking of planning, another argument is that the plan is, there’s is no plan. Details have been sketchy about exactly how they are aiming to achieve pre-industrial emission cuts. This blogger things it’s ‘A whole lotta bark and no bite.’ And developing nations are still not buying into it.
We’ve discussed climate change on the program several times. Some got more reaction than others but as Mark, the program’s editor, puts it, it always lacks the heat for an issue that is highly urgent as far as the future of our children is concerned. Is it our problem then are we not taking this too seriously and just blaming politicians?
If I’m really honest with myself I would say I’m not taking this as seriously as I should. Sure I recycle and tell myself I do my bit, but I still fly, and own a car and don’t see myself living totally green anytime soon.