1st Dec 15
Finally we are there. Here is now. Future is now. After an interminable wait the last and final call for postponing the hurtle towards the abyss of climate collapse has begun in Paris..the most beautiful and intellectual of cities..which has been the vanguard of the free world with the cry of liberty, equality,
fraternity...in the aftermath of the dastardly terror strikes a couple of weeks ago...indeed a fitting
metro to host this most important of conferences which may determine the future course of the planet..Paris is indeed the apt place for such discussions.
Leaders have all the strategies which can limit carbon emissions. This time the realization is perhaps at the highest in terms of sense of urgency, time running out, need for effective practical steps which will effectively reduce carbon emissions. The major focus is on reducing carbon emissions.
12th Dec 15
COP21 talks over. Last minute midnight oil negotiations have come to an end. Couple of hours ago
document has been released. News channels say 1.5C cap on temp increase has been agreed. What
does it mean? Since advent of industrial society they claim average temp have risen by only 1C. But
in my experience during the past 23 years temp in Bengaluru has risen by about 2C. Rest of India the picture is the same. Like in the x files there is a giant conspiracy by the governments to hide the truth.
Crux of the matter is that the developing ecos would definitely like to provide electricity to their poor, but the cost of clean energy is high. The incremental cost is being sought from the so called rich
nations. But ironically the rich nations are up their necks in debt which has crossed perilous levels.
Indeed a catch 22 situation.
19th Dec 15
A week over since COP21. Lot of awareness created all over the world. But as i have said earlier
most of are no nearer the truth. Its indeed the age of confusion and obfuscation. Everyone is speaking in different tongues. Climate change which has a complex interdependent causal effect relationship
is being now mostly attributed to carbon emissions. Its true that carbon emissions have a direct
correlation to global temperature rise.
1st Jan 16
Three weeks since COP21. Not much has emerged in terms of clear way forward, except the final
draft which was an art in deal making where the diverse opinions of 160 countries were distillated
into a HCFof options. More worrying is the approval by respective governments. Finally the 100 bn $ flow from rich to poor conveniently at the distance of 2020... So much can happen between now and then.
But in concrete terms nothing is changing at ground level. Everything is moving at cross purposes...
higher production of cars and cities trying desperately to reduce use of cars. Migration to cities
unabated. Climate change has increased exponentially during and after COP21 ironically. Still
skeptics all over are questioning climate evangelists. More in my next blog.