Copenhagen: Full of Sound and Fury, Signifying Nothing

And no plan B.

In response to the failure of Copenhagen’s climate talks, an editorial writer at Spiegel bemoans humanity:

Copenhagen’s collapse merely confirms the opinion of those who view climate change as some pipe dream of scientists, left-wing politicians and the panic-fomenting media. And it also confirms the position of all those who believe that humanity is simply incapable of finding a solution for a threat like climate change through multi-lateral, collective efforts.

And AFP gives the news:

What many had hoped would be a planet-saving treaty locking major economies into strong commitments to shrink their carbon footprints came out as a three-page political accord with key numbers yet to be filled in. . . . The Nobel-winning UN science panel warned in a benchmark 2007 report that if average temperatures increase by more than 2.0 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) on pre-industrial levels, it could lead to runaway climate change and severe impact. We have already travelled 0.7 C along that path. More recent studies suggest the planet could hot up by a devastating 6.0 C (10.8 F), and that sea levels could rise by more than a metre (3.25 feet) by 2100 unless we slash CO2 concentrations in the Earth’s atmosphere. Such a hothouse scenario would create hundreds of millions of environmental refugees.

So there it is. Business as usual. Every man for himself. No looking ahead. Welcome to Vanity Fair.

About Santi Tafarella

I teach writing and literature at Antelope Valley College in California.
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