So the Conference of the Parties 18 has ended in Doha without much of anything. Again, countries can’t agree on principles, timelines and funding for dealing with climate change. Really disappointing, but not all that surprising given the facts that (a) national-level greenhouse gas reduction strategies have failed to produce significant reductions so far and (b) we’re now really running up against the rich/poor divide on this issue. All in the context of little or no economic growth. A bad climate for agreement … no pun intended!
Nonetheless, companies, municipalities, utilities and others continue their significant work toward reducing GHG emissions. They had better … the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) just released a report showing that sea levels are on the rise, threatening to flood many coastal urban areas around the World by the end of the century. Some scientists think it’s already too late to stop the rise. But kudos to all those who continue to work to limit GHG emissions … and shame on those that can’t get their act together to establish frameworks and policies that make some sense out of this mess!