Climate change: Net zero targets are ‘pie in the sky’

Posted: April 1, 2021 by oldbrew in Emissions, Energy, net zero, Politics
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Clearly ‘net zero’ is just a game that only a group of wealthy countries with more money than sense, and a deluded belief in ‘temperature targets’, think they can afford to play.
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Sharp divisions between the major global emitters have emerged at a series of meetings designed to make progress on climate change, reports BBC News.

India lambasted the richer world’s carbon cutting plans, calling long term net zero targets, “pie in the sky.”

Their energy minister said poor nations want to continue using fossil fuels and the rich countries “can’t stop it”.

China meanwhile declined to attend a different climate event organised by the UK.

Trying to lead 197 countries forward on the critical global issue of climate change is not a job for the faint hearted, as the UK is currently finding out.

As president of COP26, this year’s crucial climate meeting due to take place in Glasgow in November, Britain is charged with ensuring a successful summit of world leaders and their negotiators.

To that end, the UK team have embarked on a series of meetings to find the building blocks of agreement, so that the world keeps the temperature targets agreed in Paris in 2015 within reach.

To have a decent chance of keeping the increase in global temperature under 1.5C – which is now considered as the gateway to dangerous warming – carbon emissions need to reach net zero by 2050.

Net zero refers to balancing out any greenhouse gas emissions produced by industry, transport or other sources by removing an equivalent amount from the atmosphere.

A range of major carbon-producing* countries, including the US, the UK, Japan and the EU, have signed up to the idea. Last September, China said it would get there by 2060.

Full report here.

*Talkshop note: meaning the essential trace gas ‘carbon dioxide’ of course

Comments
  1. oldbrew says:

    Net Zero Festival: Michael E Mann confirmed as first keynote speaker
    01 April 2021

    Mann will speak to BusinessGreen editor James Murray on the first day of a three day broadcast, which kicks off [in London] on September 29th and will bring together some of the world’s top business leaders, politicians, academics, and campaigners to explore all aspects of the net zero mission.

    https://www.businessgreen.com/news/4029347/net-zero-festival-michael-mann-confirmed-keynote-speaker
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    Are they all going to travel there ‘net zero’?

  2. Gamecock says:

    ‘Their energy minister said poor nations want to continue using fossil fuels and the rich countries “can’t stop it”.’

    That’s the sort of thing that should remain unsaid. You are challenging them to stop you.

    ‘A range of major carbon-producing countries, including the US, the UK, Japan and the EU, have signed up to the idea.’

    The US has done no such thing.

    ‘Last September, China said it would get there by 2060.’

    BBC has no sense of smell.

  3. JB says:

    Lebert Hubbard said: “Never explain. Your friends do not need it and your enemies will not believe it anyway.”

    Its corollary is: “Always tell your competitors/enemies what they want to hear, not what you are planning to do.”

    “Sharp divisions between the major global emitters have emerged…”
    Exactly why a One-World, totalitarian government cannot work. Dissension in the ranks. But they never count on that among their own ideologues.

  4. NeilC says:

    The Chinese are shrewd saying the will get there in 2060. By then so called scientists will be talking about the next ice age again. What goes round comes round.

  5. Coeur de Lion says:

    How can Mann, the Disgrace to the Profession and author of the hockey stick fraud, be allowed to speak? The world has gone mad. But it will all unravel soon and there will be a lot of embarrassment. Meanwhile in terms of biodiversity and all that garbage , it is critically important to get electricity to the billion or so who lack it, ‘cos they are burning down Greta Thunberg’s collapsing ecosystems. How Dare They! How Dare They!

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