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Friday, 20 May 2016

Warming far outpacing climate action, as UN negotiators meet in Bonn

The Bonn climate conference (running May 16-26) is hashing out the particulars of the Paris Agreement, including financing for REDD+ dealing with deforestation, but the real policy decision-making will happen Nov. 7-18 at COP22 in Marrakesh, Morocco.
While national leaders spout optimistic platitudes celebrating the great achievement of the globally unifying Paris Agreement on climate, environmentalists note that there is little in the way of substantial action plans behind the many promises made last December.

Meanwhile, the most intense El NiƱo in history is leaving in its wake a world gripped by 7 months of record high temperatures; drought, water shortages, and famine (especially in India and Africa); wildfires (Fort McMurray, Canada); record coral bleaching; and a fast shrinking Arctic ice cap that set stunning early melt records this winter and spring.

Many scientists agree that limiting global temperatures to 1.5 degrees Celsius above preindustrial levels by 2100 — the Paris Agreement goal — is nearly impossible, with the carbon cut commitments of all participating nations now putting us on a path to a 3 degree Celsius (5.4 degree Fahrenheit) increase, which could make parts of the planet uninhabitable.
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Lord Nicholas Stern

Today’s young people can and should hold their parents’ generation to account for their present actions. They can elicit an emotional response that can motivate action. If thinking about the lives of unborn future generations seems too abstract to motivate you to act, try instead looking a young child or grandchild in the eye and asking yourself what sort of future you are leaving for them. There is something that, on reflection, many adults would surely find repugnant in the idea that they will leave their children a damaged planet that will radically affect their life possibilities. Lord Nicholas Stern

Kiribati President Anote Tong

"…I remember I had been trying to convince him to visit Kiribati and he did in 2011. He came to Kiribati and I remember he went to visit one of these communities that was flooded every time there is very high tides and there was this young boy who stepped up to the Secretary General and said Mr. Secretary General, you are a very important man you know, is there something that you can do to ensure I will have a future, that I will have a home. And the Secretary General came back and he said Mr. President I have been listening to you at the General Assembly but I never truly understood what it was you trying to communicate but now I do and I feel and I understand I would do everything that I can”