Commission of ‘high-powered’ climate head-scratchers gathers as 1.5C overshoot looms

Posted: April 25, 2022 by oldbrew in alarmism, Carbon cycle, climate, geo-engineering, Temperature
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Photosynthesis: nature requires carbon dioxide

A Climate Overshoot Commission (COC?) will try to dream up ways of altering nature’s carbon cycle. The mind boggles at the futility.
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Fifteen former leaders and ministers are set to address sensitive questions on the role of CO2 removal and geoengineering in climate action, reports Climate Home News.

The chances of keeping global temperature rise below 1.5C, the toughest goal of the Paris Agreement, are increasingly slim. “Well below 2C” is a stretch.

Yet there has been little discussion at an international level on how to handle “overshoot” of those goals. A high-powered commission due to launch in May aims to break the silence.

Climate diplomats are finalising a 15-strong lineup of former presidents, ministers and representatives of international organisations to explore options for deep adaptation, carbon dioxide removal (CDR) and geoengineering, Climate Home News can reveal.

The Climate Overshoot Commission will address sensitive questions around the ethics and feasibility of potential ways to reverse warming that are problematic or unproven at large scale.

“The primary strategy to combat climate change should remain reducing greenhouse gas emissions, but it has also become necessary to explore additional strategies,” Jesse Reynolds, executive secretary of the commission, told Climate Home.

France’s Pascal Lamy, director general of the World Trade Organisation between 2005 and 2013, has been appointed as chair. He is president of the Paris Peace Forum, which will host the commission.

The idea for a commission to assess climate engineering options was floated in 2017 by Edward Parson, professor of environmental law at the University of California.

Parson became one of 11 on a steering committee of politicians, policymakers and academics to shape what the commission should look like. Among them, five were from developing countries, including Cop27 host Egypt’s environment minister Yasmine Fouad, former Marshall Islands president Hilda Heine and Youba Sokona, vice-chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

Paris Agreement architect Laurence Tubiana and Janos Pasztor, executive director of the Carnegie Climate Governance (C2G) Initiative, were other members.

“How will the world manage the risk of temperature overshoot? That is the question that nobody is talking about,” Pasztor told Climate Home. “There isn’t enough attention paid to the magnitude of the risk for removing the huge amount of carbon dioxide that will keep us to 1.5C.”

With the latest science showing overshoot of 1.5C, if not 2C, is highly likely, the moment for that conversation may have arrived.

Full report here.

  1. oldbrew says:

    Climate diplomats

    Today’s world 🙄

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  3. Philip Mulholland says:

    “And he gave it for his opinion, “that whoever could make two ears of corn, or two blades of grass, to grow upon a spot of ground where only one grew before, would deserve better of mankind, and do more essential service to his country, than the whole race of politicians put together.”

    Jonathan Swift would have loved all of this.

  4. cognog2 says:

    Will “THE PAUSE” be on the agenda?

  5. Gamecock says:

    Marionettes all, plotting the destruction of mankind.

  6. Peter MacFarlane says:

    The geo-engineering bit is the bit to worry about. It’s just about possible that this assemblage of has-beens, never-weres, incompetents, ignoramuses, and fanatics, will set something in motion that actually makes a difference. And given that they’ll certainly make a cod of it, and that there will be unforseen consequences – possibly enormous ones – this is a bit frightening.

    I’d much rather they stuck to talking, and making predictions that never come true. Safer for all of us that way.

  7. ilma630 says:

    “futility” is bang on. Until they get their collective dimwit heads around the fact that man CANNOT control nature, and that CO2 does not control temperature, their futility will continue. And anyway, politicians deciding a scientific question????? I would laugh uncontrollably if it wasn’t so serious.

  8. JB says:

    “How will the world manage the risk of temperature overshoot?”

    If it happens take a holiday in recreation as usual. The world doesn’t manage risk. Only insurance companies and military generals.

  9. pochas94 says:

    “explore options for deep adaptation, carbon dioxide removal (CDR) and geoengineering”
    Climate Diplomats have not the slightest competence to even think about these subjects.

  10. Gamecock says:

    Conspiracy is a felony. All these numpties should be locked up.

  11. oldbrew says:

    representatives of international organisations

    Such as?
    . . .
    former presidents, ministers

    No longer ‘high-powered’ then.

  12. Coeur de Lion says:

    Looking at the error bars for 1850 and the lack of met stations in the Southern Hemisphere, we can say we don’t know what the temperature was in 1850. We are way over 1.5!!! We are really starting to see the effects! Lovely sunny wx and remarkable daffodils this year!! I blame CO2 (Note’wx’ is aviator briefing shorthand for ‘weather’ in case you are interested )

  13. Phoenix44 says:

    Amazing that we somehow managed to get cars, aircraft, dishwashers, microwaves, iPhone, Spotify, bridges, laptops, fertilisers, TV…all without commissions of ex-politicians.

  14. oldbrew says:

    Climate head-scratchers might like this…

    APRIL 25, 2022

    Managing UK agriculture with rock dust could absorb up to 45% the atmospheric carbon dioxide needed for net-zero
    by University of Sheffield

    A clear advantage of this approach to CDR is the potential to deliver major wins for agriculture in terms of lowering emissions of nitrous oxide, reversing soil acidification that limits yields and reducing demands for imported fertilizers.

    The advantages of reducing reliance on imported food and fertilizers have been highlighted by the war in Ukraine that has caused the price of food and fertilizers to spike worldwide as exports of both are interrupted.

    Substantial carbon drawdown potential from enhanced rock weathering in the United Kingdom

    We show that it is feasible to eliminate the energy-demanding requirement for milling rocks to fine particle sizes.

  15. Chaswarnertoo says:

    Utter insanity. Call me when we have hippos in the Thames, like the Neanderthals.

  16. stpaulchuck says:

    Hey, I’ve seen hippos in Soho. Oh… wait… you mean the four legged kind. Oops. Never mind. [*smirks behind hand*]

  17. oldbrew says:

    Eat bugs to slow global warming, scientists say

    Replacing animal-source foods with insects could limit the impacts of climate change by 80%, according to a new report
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    Another report heading for oblivion.

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