Thursday, December 17, 2015

A good step

Almost 200 nations agreed in Paris to actually do real things to start remediating the dangers of ongoing global climate change. It’s a good step forward. That’s all it is.

This agreement doesn’t “solve” global climate change and the ongoing global warming that is going to cause fantastically expensive environmental and commercial and infrastructure damage in the coming decades.

It’s a good step forward because it’s the first time essentially all of the world’s nations have signed on. The United States and China—the world’s two worst polluters—are leading the way.

This agreement is the work of the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference. This should open your eyes to the frame of reference for this work: it was the 21st annual session of the Conference of the Parties to the 1992 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

One could argue it’s not much to show for more than 20 years of work.

I’m taking a positive view.

It’s a good step forward.

Dealing with climate change is going to cost the nations of the world more money and grief than anyone can currently imagine.

No time like the present to get started.

Copyright © Richard Carl Subber 2015 All rights reserved.

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