Kim OHara wrote: ↑
Fri Nov 10, 2017 10:18 am
In this case, the 'relative advantage' is on the side of those who do act. Firstly because the sooner we act, the less it will cost us. Secondly because the people and countries who get in quickest will become leaders in the industries of the future.
Those are medium and long term advantages - and I agree with you that they are real advantages, and will deliver to those countries which pursue them.
But for as long as countries can increase their economic output in the short term, generate jobs, and raise standards of living (all of which is to say, bribe the electorate with wealth in exchange for votes) with short term tactics like building coal power stations, they will.
The UN hopes to create an “operating manual” for implementing the Paris agreement on climate change, with talks in the next two weeks in Bonn.
“We want to advance further, faster, together to meet the goals set out in the Paris agreement,” said Patricia Espinosa, the UN’s chief official on the climate, at the opening of the talks. “We need an operating manual for the Paris agreement. This has to be the launchpad for the next level of ambition on climate change action, because we know the pledges [to cut emissions] made so far are not enough to take us to [meeting the Paris goals].”
...The EU is soon expected to set out its own progress on meeting its emissions-cutting target, and how it intends to ensure its 2030 target of a 40% emissions cut is met.
Discussions would also take place on climate finance, which involves ways of helping poorer countries to cut their emissions, Espinosa promised. She declined to give any targets on how much finance should be raised and where it should come from, but said the outlook was positive. “There is a very clear tendency going in the direction of green financing,” she said, referring to estimates that more money worldwide is going into low-carbon projects.
She also said the US delegation was present and taking a full part in the talks. President Donald Trump announced last summer his intention to begin the withdrawal process, the only country to have done so. Despite this, the US will be party to the agreement until 2020, as the the withdrawal process will take several years.
The UN said 169 countries of the 197 signed up to the Paris agreement had now ratified it
This is all just talk, as people have been talking for years. Doing is harder than talking, which means people would rather talk about their 'intentions', their 'ambitions', their 'participation', but it's all just talk.
"Does Master Gotama have any position at all?"
"A 'position,' Vaccha, is something that a Tathagata has done away with. What a Tathagata sees is this: 'Such is form, such its origination, such its disappearance; such is feeling, such its origination, such its disappearance; such is perception...such are fabrications...such is consciousness, such its origination, such its disappearance.'" - Aggi-Vacchagotta Sutta
'Dust thou art, and unto dust thou shalt return.
' - Genesis 3:19
'Some fart freely, some try to hide and silence it. Which one is correct?' - Saegnapha