Global climate deal "a decade away"

Enough already!

If we’re unlucky enough to get one at all. So remarks outgoing UN climate chief Yvo de Boer as the latest gab-fest in Bonn enters its second week:

It was hoped that by June 11, the 182 delegations taking part would agree on a draft agreement to be signed at the next major meeting in Cancun, Mexico next December.

However, Mr de Boer, says he doesn’t believe developing and industrialised countries will reach a meaningful agreement in time.

“I don’t see the process delivering adequate mitigation targets in the next decade,” he said.

“What we have on the table now from industrialised countries takes you to about 13 or 14 per cent below 1990 levels, and clearly we need to move beyond that, so I think that in this process we will need a number of steps and phases to get to that ultimate response, but I am confident we will get there in the longer run.

Fortunately I don’t share your confidence. With luck, in the next ten years, it will be apparent that man-made CO2 plays a minor role in climate, dwarfed by natural drivers and suppressed by low climate sensitivity, and the whole emissions reduction hysteria will be looked back on as a rather quaint episode in humanity’s history.

Read it here.


  1. Lachlan says:

    It’s hardly been a “quaint” time has it? Although it could be argued that in 300 years future generations may consider the followers of the Church of Climatology “rather quaint” in their naivety.

  2. cbullitt says:

    It will only be regarded as a “quaint episode” when every one of these Carbon Criminals is hanged from the highest yardarm, and the billions they’ve stolen are recovered.
    Still, it is nice to see we can still rely on the incompetence of the UN.

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