Climate change talks: Updates from the landmark COP21 summit near Paris – Los Angeles Times

8:30 A.M. Bill McKibben, the founder of the global climate campaign and a professor of environmental studies at Middlebury College in Vermont, writes in The Times: “If the coal, gas and oil industries no longer enjoy a chokehold on the outcome of climate talks, their power hasn’t disappeared. There will be no formal treaty in Paris; everyone knows there aren’t enough votes in the Senate to ratify an international treaty based on a rational climate policy. But neither will Paris be a failure: The pledges that governments plan to finalize there should suffice to hold warming to 3 or 3.5 degrees Celsius over the course of the century. Right now, the planet is heading for a 5-degree increase, so that’s an improvement. It will show how far we’ve come, and it could launch more progress. Still, even 3 degrees means Earth is on a path to destruction. There is wide agreement that any temperature increase greater than 2 degrees Celsius threatens civilization; we passed the 1-degree mark this fall and already the Arctic is melting, the West is confronting epic drought and the ocean is 30% more acidic. All of this means that Paris should be both a scoreboard and a springboard. It will show how far we’ve come, and it could launch more progress.” Read more This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service – if this is your content and you’re reading it on someone else’s site, please read the FAQ at More

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