Paris ‘last chance’ for action on climate change

Scientists are calling on world leaders to sign up to an eight-point plan of action at landmark talks in Paris.

The key element is the goal to limit global warming to below 2C by moving to zero carbon emissions by 2050.

Now don’t you despair how we get so much hot air time after time but not real action? There are initiatives making some contribution and the financial support buying an EV – one of my interests – is so welcome. But global warming is surely real and urgent.

Now, at my age, any steps taken will have little effect in my lifetime so why should I care? I don’t have family to worry about so a don’t need to worry about my legacy.

Except that this is just to selfish and insular. We must all care and we must urge all leaders to care. We know that dealing with this will cost and it will cost some nations more than others. But there ius also the dire cost in doing nothing so0, please, let’s keep challenging the leaders of our world to start doing something real and now.

Scientific evidence shows this can be achieved, but only with bold action now, says an alliance of climate researchers from 17 institutions.

The statement involves eight calls for action:

  • Limiting global warming to below 2 degrees Celsius
  • Keeping future CO2 emissions below 1,000 gigatonnes (billion tonnes)
  • Creating a zero-carbon society by 2050
  • Equity of approach – with richer countries helping poorer ones
  • Technological research and innovation
  • A global strategy to address loss and damage from climate change
  • Safeguarding ecosystems such as forests and oceans that absorb CO2
  • Providing climate finance for developing countries.

Chair of the Earth League, Johan Rockstrom, of the Stockholm Resilience Centre in Sweden, said the statement set out the scientific stance on what needed to happen at the Paris talks.