Climate Change: Long Haul on Climate

Negotiators are on their annual migration to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. This month some ten thousand people will flock to the Canadian city of Montreal to discuss how best to tackle the climate change problem. Such negotiations are not for the faint- hearted. The discussions, and hence the migration, have been going on for fifteen years.

The World Today Published 1 December 2005 Updated 15 October 2020 3 minute READ

Beverley Darkin

Former Senior Research Fellow, Energy, Environment and Resources Programme

Despite the immense human energy exerted and intellectual capital invested, not forgetting the greenhouse gases emitted simply to get negotiators to the table, the goal of climate security remains elusive. What is compelling so many thousands to gather for this two-week slog? Is this the best way to address climate change?

Climate change is one of the most profound and complex challenges we face, but what does this really mean? Recent research, published in Nature, said up to 37 percent of sampled terrestrial species are ‘committed to extinction’ by 2050 if current growth in emissions continues. The International Energy Agency has recently warned of a fifty percent increase in energy demand and greenhouse gases over the next 25 years. The Agency called such a future ‘unsustainable’.

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