While Japan’s surprisingly modest plan was an unwelcome development to climate delegates, it was just one of many indications that negotiators will have a difficult time arranging anything beyond a cosmetic deal in Warsaw. It comes just two days after Australia’s new conservative government introduced a bill in Parliament to repeal the carbon tax enacted by its Labor predecessor.
Signatories to the United Nations treaty agreed in 2010 to cut greenhouse gas emissions to hold the rise in global temperatures to 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit, or 2 degrees Celsius, above preindustrial levels — the most scientists say the Earth can tolerate before the effects of global warming become vastly more pernicious. Backtracking by Japan and Australia on emissions, as well as efforts by the United States and China that might be described as lukewarm, do not bode well for reaching that target.”
The world is going to burn.