Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Global climate change agreement

At Copenhagen, developed nations pledged to provide $30 billion in financing by 2012 to help poorer nations solve the problems caused by climate change, with a total $100 billion by 2020.

That doesn't seem like much money, about the same as the auto bailout of 2009, considering that the poorer nations are (apparently) already suffering the effects of climate change (Pakistan: 15 million affected and counting, recovery expected to cost billions of dollars).

Mr. Ban also announced a new 21-member advisory panel on long-term sustainable development to be led by Tarja Halonen, the president of Finland, and Jacob Zuma, the president of South Africa. Susan E. Rice, the American ambassador to the United Nations, is also on the panel.

U.N. Chief Recommends Small Steps on Climate

Only getting around to this now?

It's not just too little too late, it's absurdly too little and way too late.

I don't think they get it that the models were too conservative, that everything is happening sooner and faster and worse than predicted, and that this monster has momentum... you can't turn it around very easily. Either they think they have time and these wimpy efforts are enough, or they have given up and are just going through the motions. I don't know which.

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