Leaders of the world, you must lead. The continuation of our civilizations and the natural world on which they depend – is in your hands.
I would have gone with something homier: “Get your act together because we will either all hang separately or together. Your power-games now end in death for us all. This shit is serious and I am very unhappy that the world’s response is in your grubby little incompetent hands.”
Elsewhere I am hearing sober and credible talk that we’re going to likely blow right past a 5C temperature rise, which puts us in Permian Extinction territory. Of course we will. At the time when we should be passing global moratoria on fossil fuel consumption, the world’s biggest energy users (the US and China) are eagerly eyeing drilling in Alaska and elsewhere.
The event in Poland was sponsored by a coal mining company. [guard]
Andrzej Duda, the president of Poland, spoke at the opening ceremony, saying the use of “efficient” coal technology was not contradictory to taking climate action. Poland generates 80% of its electricity from coal but has cut its carbon emissions by 30% since 1988 through better energy efficiency.
As China continues to industrialize and its people continue to demand the benefits of advanced technology, use of coal and oil will accelerate. The leaders of the world have no plans to take their foot off the gas, it’s “pedal to the metal” all the way.
The former head of IPCC is sober and credible: [cw]
Speaking at a symposium at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, Watson said: “All the promises in the world, which we’re not likely to realize anyway, will not give us a world with only a 2°C rise. All the evidence, in my opinion, suggests we’re on our way to a 3°C to 5°C world.
3C is collapse of civilization, agriculture, and massive migration for survival. 5C means humans become isolated tribes, struggling along in a dystopian fuckworld. Mad Max is not a documentary, because nobody will have the emotional energy (or the oxygen) to fight like that. This is not distant future: it’s within the next 50 years.
I have added a new category, “We are Fucked” for postings.
The problem with things like “we made it 30% more efficient” is that China’s demands are going to be so massive, small improvements won’t offset it at all. “Look, that freight train that is going to roll over us at 100mph? I took some of the load off so it won’t hit quite as hard.” True, but wrong.