After the Cop21 Agreement: No Major Changes

Jan-Erik Lane


The concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere keeps increasing: 399.6 (Jan, 2015), 402.52 (Jan, 2016), 404.21 (March 2016) and 409 (April 2016). It is true that a few countries have managed to not only halt the increase in CO2 emissions but also decrease the emissions. But from a global point of view, the CO2 emissions stay at a very high level. The G20, responsible for some 80 per cent of CO2 emissions, do nothing, concentrating on traditional interstate issue like the Middle East, North Korea, the Ukraine and the South China Sea. Whereas all new data indicate the dire consequences of climate change, business goes on as usual: more cars, trucks and buses, bigger engines, more aeroplanes and airports, bigger ships and larger container vessels, longer routes, new coal power stations, closing of nuclear plants, delaying the use of new or temporarily stopped nuclear reactors, etc.

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