The future is starting to look decidedly sci fi.
As the UN climate talks in Bonn draw to a close, developed countries have refused to forward an overall mid-term emissions reduction target ( the cuts they’re willing to make collectively by 2020). Despite science telling us this needs to be in the range of 40 per cent, Greenpeace has worked out that individual country commitments only add up to between 4-14 per cent.
These measly cuts would lead to global warming of a degree that would annihilate much of the planet as we know it.
New Zealand isn’t helping. But we’re not the only ones pissing round.
An article on page two of yesterday’s ECO newsletter (put out daily by NGOs at major UN climate talks since 1972) ‘Going for the Burn’ nicely sums up the alternate reality in which delegates seem to be existing.