I tried to post a long comment on COP27 this morning, but the system got indigestion, so I’ll do it this way. It’s not finished to my usual standard for published posts.
COP27 is priding itself on setting up a “loss and damage” fund. I’ll just point out that it has no funds yet, and has all the work ahead of it in setting up the mechanisms for getting and distributing funds. So they have actually set up a talkfest. And China is not part of it.
Julian Cribb provides a blunt assessment of COP27 in The world votes for “climate hell”:
Something of epochal importance happened in Egypt last week – the most significant event since Cheops shoved up his triangular monument, four thousand odd-years ago at the dawn of ‘civilisation’. But the world media, true to form, missed it almost completely.
The nations of the world voted to terminate human civilisation and commit all our grandchildren to bake and starve on an uninhabitable ruin of a Planet.
The failure of the UN Conference of the Parties 27, like the 26 which preceded it, is another fallen domino on the road to civilisational collapse – something the UN itself is now at last daring to voice out loud. (Though nobody is listening yet).
The Daily Beast tells us The White House Admits It: We Might Need to Block the Sun to Stop Climate Change.
They’ve established a research project looking at dimming the sun with sulphates. It’s put forward as a last resort, but it looks to me like the main plan if we continue to get the disasters we have been having in recent times, plus the gathering momentum of sea level rise.
The Daily Beast also asks, What Happens When Even Scientists Get Doom-Pilled?
The U.N.’s yearly climate summit COP27 kicked off this week in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt with a shockingly bleak message from Secretary General António Guterres: “We are in the fight of our lives, and we are losing. Greenhouse gas emissions keep growing, global temperatures keep rising, and our planet is fast approaching tipping points that will make climate chaos irreversible.”
To underscore his dire point, he added, “We are on a highway to climate hell with our foot still on the accelerator.”
Back in 2019 Johann Johan Rockström told us we had 10 years to transform the future of humanity — or destabilize the planet. COP27 dropped the need to peak emissions in 2025, and substituted “low carbon energy” for renewable energy in the cut and paste from the Glasgow COP, meaning gas is back as an acceptable transition fuel.
I’m not sure Rockström would still say, as he did at the end of the piece, that we have the technology to do the job, at least at scale. Also his predecessor at Potsdam, Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, said around the same time that if we get 2°C we will get 4°C because of tipping points.
Speaking of which, some scientists are still talking about 1.5°C, whereas anyone who actually looks at where we are at would say 0.8°C.
Guterres told us going into COP27 that we were going into climate hell with our foot flat on the accelerator, and the UNEP Gap report told us there was no credible path to 1.5°C.
Time we mobilised against the looming climate catastrophe.
In per capita we are up there with the worst.