The UN’s latest climate summit in Katowice, Poland has ended in failure as usual. Also as usual the 60,000 plus delegates are putting a brave face on it, claiming that a last minute deal has been reached after tough negotiations and that important progress has been made.
If you believe the Guardian:
“This is a good agreement,” the European commissioner Miguel Cañete told the Guardian. “We have more to do but we can move forward now.”
Nicholas Stern, author of the seminal review of the economics of climate change, said: “This has been another summit of tough negotiations, but it has ultimately succeeded in its crucial primary task of agreeing the so-called rulebook for the Paris agreement.”
But a rather more honest take can be found in this annually updated report from the Global Warming Policy Foundation.
Every UN Climate Summit, it notes, follows exactly the same formula.
‘Three years after the Paris Agreement was adopted, the EU hopes that all parties in Katowice will show the commitment and determination necessary to secure an ambitious and comprehensive work programme.”
The Last Chance:
‘Katowice offers last chance to limit warming to 1.5◦C; countries must revise national plans at the upcoming climate conference’.
Time Is Running Out:
‘We’re running out of chances to save the planet from climate change.’
‘Arnold Schwarzenegger, who has long campaigned against climate change, is expected to draw crowds, while there are reports that other Hollywood celebrities will make an appearance as well.’
‘First day of ministerial meetings fails to resolve deadlock.’ (Indian Express)
The Breakthrough at Five Minutes to Midnight:
‘Climate negotiators reach an overtime deal to keep Paris pact alive.’