December 2015

Paris not the final throw of climate dice

AS THE climate negotiations draw to a close in a shell-shocked Paris, the international community have hung each country’s pledges on the climate Christmas tree. We’re left to do the maths, to see where it gets us. The answer will probably be that the pledges combine to limit warming to 2.7°C-3.7°C over pre-industrial times, and that the ultimate deal isn’t legally binding in any strong sense of the word.

For many in the climate movement, Paris was the “last tango”, the implication being that if we don’t get it done in Paris, that’s it.