Climate conference fails our ailing planet
Sir, After the euphoria of the Paris Climate Conference unpalatable facts are emerging.
The emission promises as they stand will not solve global warming since, even in the unlikely event that they are realised, they will only cut greenhouse gas emissions by about half of what is required.
In Paris, China won praise for pledging to stop the growth of its greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 but that is still 15 years of increasing emissions by the biggest emitter on the planet. Countries have been allowed to create their own voluntary plans, update voluntarily every five years and be self-monitoring.
The word ‘ voluntary’ has replaced ‘compulsory’ so the Paris agreement is a far cry from the legally binding international treaty eco-activists had demanded and the reality is now sinking in of just how watered- down the ‘successful’ summit really was.
The Paris conference is yet another failure in 21 years of climate conferences failures. Clark Cross, Springfield Road Linlithgow