Kyoto Protocol Expires As Delegates Head to Doha

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The Kyoto Protocol is set to expire over the next few weeks. The new version of the environmental stature is set to be debated in next weeks climate change talks in Qatar.

Expectations are not very promising, but a few observers believe that a new deal will be created in Doha.

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — As nearly 200 countries meet in oil-and-gas-rich Qatar for annual talks starting Monday on slowing global warming, one of the main challenges will be raising climate aid for poor countries at a time when budgets are strained by financial turmoil.

Rich countries have delivered nearly $30 billion in grants and loans promised in 2009, but those commitments expire this year. And a Green Climate Fund designed to channel up to $100 billion annually to poor countries has yet to begin operating.

Borrowing a buzzword from the U.S. budget debate, Tim Gore of the British charity Oxfam said developing countries, including island nations for whom rising sea levels pose a threat to their existence, stand before a “climate fiscal cliff.”

Read more: Huffington Post

Scientists have issued urgent warnings that have suggested a change in temperatures of 6 degrees Celsius if carbon emissions and green house gases are not reduced immediately.

While the diplomats dither, time is running out. Global greenhouse gas emissions are still rising, having barely registered a blip from the financial crisis and recession.

As a world, we are doing worse than ever on climate change, just when we need to be doing better – if emissions do not peak by 2020, scientists have warned, we may lose forever the chance to contain climate change to manageable levels. On current trends, the world is headed for 6C of warming, a level not seen for millions of years and that would cause chaos, according to the International Energy Agency.

Fatih Birol, chief economist, says: “I don’t see enough of a sense of urgency. We do not have time to waste. We need progress at these talks.” Achim Steiner, executive director of the UN environment programme, warns: “While governments work to negotiate a new international climate agreement, they urgently need to put their foot firmly on the action pedal.”

Read more: Guardian

Current Vital Signs That Things Aren’t Right:

This year’s weather.

Sandy, a drought in the US that pushed up food prices.

Disruption to the Indian monsoon.

Floods in Europe.

Satellite pictures showed melting across almost the entire Greenland ice sheet.

The Arctic sea ice shrank to its lowest recorded extent.

Global Ocean Temperatures increased by 2 degrees Celsius.

As negotiators gather in air conditioned conference rooms to debate the future of our planet, they may want to take a glance outside to take a reality check on the current situation.

The bottom line is if we do not start to make serious changes in the way in which we continue to produce energy and pollution… the fate of the planet is doomed!

In the future a need borne out of necessity will bring about a change in the way that we elect our leaders.

In the future leaders will be chosen on their environmental policies or their ability to implement sound environmental restoration ideas.

Over the last 5 years or so we have seen a shift by the general public away from environmental concerns. This has been blamed on a phenomena named Technological Utopianism.

What are your thoughts on climate change and do you hold out high hopes for Doha?

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