How the World Is Failing to Halt Climate Change
There are many, many reports out there breaking down in both complex and very simple terms the issue of climate change. They discuss the environmental protection measures necessary, such as the “carbon budget,” and what responsibilities the global community has taken on. Unfortunately, what most of these reports ultimately tell us is that we are headed for failure — not to put too fine a point on it. Some argue that the universally agreed upon goal of 2 degree Celsius, made in the Copenhagen Accord, was always overly ambitious, while others argue that it’s still obtainable, just at exorbitant costs. However, the reality of the situation is that one way or another, without extreme emission reduction it is likely to be surpassed.
The United Nation Intergovernmental Panel’s recently released its climate change report for policymakers for 2014, outlining the need for considerably greater emission controls and mitigating measures. Dr. John P. Holdren, director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, emphasized that it showed “even more compellingly than previous studies that the longer society waits to implement strong measures to cut greenhouse gas emissions, the more costly and difficult it will become to limit climate change to less than catastrophic levels.”
While his statement was made in conjunction with a list of positive actions undertaken by the Obama Administration over the last few years as well as encouragement for more action, it ultimately reflects the steep cuts needed, and to policymakers and nations, the steeper price of those cuts.