It is 20 years since the UN negotiators are trying to hammer out a deal to halt climate change in a series of Climate Talks. The UN will gather again for Climate Talks in the South American desert city of Lima with renewed energy to hammer out a deal which was elusive for the past two decades.
However the optimism is tempered by the ground situation which is not very reassuring. Regardless of the outcome of the talks, it will not be enough to stave off the impending crisis.
The next two weeks will see multitude of diplomats across the globe will gather in Lima, Peru for a UN summit for Climate Talks to hammer out an agreement on how to stop global warming.
The meeting comes only a few weeks after a landmark deal between the heads of two of the world’s biggest polluters in the world. President Obama and President Xi Jinping of China have signed a landmark agreement to cut their green house gases emissions.
Latest studies hint that the Global Warming will not slacken even if an agreement is reached in the Climate Talks. The present level of Green House gasses and the future emissions will tip the balance making a newly unpleasant world and an uninhabitable one.
The 3.6 degree threshold is not a benchmark and the UN negotiators must not give up their efforts to cut emissions in despair.
Michael Oppenheimer is a professor of geosciences and international affairs at Princeton University. He is also a member of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The panel is basically a group of scientists who produce reports pertaining to climate science. He has expressed doubts that the threshold rise of global temperatures can be prevented.
Michael Oppenheimer said, “I was encouraged by the U.S.-China agreement. What’s already baked in are substantial changes to ecosystems, large-scale transformations.”
Mr. Oppenheimer added that things could get a lot worse. The global warming and its effects are going to extract a heavy toll on the global economy, regardless of rich or poor countries.
The objective must be centered on efforts to prevent atmospheric temperatures rising from 4 to 10 degrees. It is a point when the planet will increasingly become uninhabitable.