Warming far outpacing climate action, as UN negotiators meet in Bonn
- The Bonn climate conference (running May 16-26) is hashing out the particulars of the Paris Agreement, including financing for REDD+ dealing with deforestation, but the real policy decision-making will happen Nov. 7-18 at COP22 in Marrakesh, Morocco.
- While national leaders spout optimistic platitudes celebrating the great achievement of the globally unifying Paris Agreement on climate, environmentalists note that there is little in the way of substantial action plans behind the many promises made last December.
- Meanwhile, the most intense El Niño in history is leaving in its wake a world gripped by 7 months of record high temperatures; drought, water shortages, and famine (especially in India and Africa); wildfires (Fort McMurray, Canada); record coral bleaching; and a fast shrinking Arctic ice cap that set stunning early melt records this winter and spring.
- Many scientists agree that limiting global temperatures to 1.5 degrees Celsius above preindustrial levels by 2100 — the Paris Agreement goal — is nearly impossible, with the carbon cut commitments of all participating nations now putting us on a path to a 3 degree Celsius (5.4 degree Fahrenheit) increase, which could make parts of the planet uninhabitable.