Cli­mate con­fer­ence fails our ail­ing planet

The Oban Times - - Letters -

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

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