It is depressing to see people clutching at straws to deny the reality of climate change. This seems to be particularly prevalent in the United States, where there is one of the biggest rates of CO2 emissions per head in the world…… 20 tons of it per person per year.
The last climate change treaty was negotiated in 1997. The United States did not ratify it.
Since 1997, the level of CO2 in the atmosphere has increased by 6.5%. As a result, glaciers have been shrinking faster than before. Since 2000, Greenland has lost 1.5 trillion tons of ice.
In the past 12 years temperatures have been 0.4 degrees warmer than in the previous 12 years.
My country, Ireland has been lashed by storms in recent days. I believe these extreme weather events are related to our dumping of all this CO2 and methane into the atmosphere day after day . After all, the atmosphere around the earth is quite thin, and the CO2 stays up there. It does not disappear conveniently into outer space.
I hope we have a serious and binding agreement on climate change in the UN conference in Copenhagen, not a document full of loopholes and let out clauses.