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Climate negotiations made me terrified for our future

Posted on 10 January 2019 by Guest Author

This is Climate Adam's latest video

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  1. One thing related to the increased C02 emissions for 2018. Firstly this was after a period where emissions levelled off over approximately 2014-2017. Anyway my understandting is one of the main reasons for a jump in global emissions in 2018 was the cancellation of nuclear projects in India, and the resumption of building coal fired power stations as below. However the resumption of building coal fired power stations does appear at limited scale.

    As to the climate conference. A typical 'talkfest' with much noise, plenty of cocktails, and pre prepared speeches. Maybe not much else. However getting 200 countries to agree on anything is near impossible.

    We are instead very reliant on leadership from the large emitters like America and China, as this will motivate other countries. But we all know politicians are all talk no action. The only way to change this is for us the ordinary citizenry to put pressure on them every way we know how.

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  2. Oops I meant to add that given the jump in emissions in 2018 largely reflects events in India and China, perhaps it is a one off, an anomoly, and coming years will see a better reduction in emissions globally.

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  3. Nigelj,

    All the nuclear plants cancelled in the post you linked were for future construction, not currently started plants.  Siince it takes 10 years to build a nuclear plant, none of the increase in India's CO2 this year can possibly be due to these cancellations.  The effects on CO2 would not be evident for 10 years.

    According to this article, India is putting its money on renewable energy while cancelling nuclear plants originally considered 10 years ago.  Since renewable energy plants only take 2-5 years to build we can hope that in a few years India will start to reverse its CO2 trend.

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  4. Michael Sweet  @3, it was another article I read somewhere that stated that current projects under construction had been cancelled, however it is clear that article was wrong and you are right. Shows you can never rely on the mass media.

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  5. I understand the speakers frustration at the preoccupation of COP24 attendees with discussion of minutiae while anthropogenic global warming propels the planet down catastrophe street at increasing speed.

    Nigelj – you write: ‘(CO2) emissions levelled off over approximately 2014-2017’

    Did they? This NOAA Graphic does not indicate any CO2 emissions levelling off during this period.

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  6. Riduna @5, you are looking at atmospheric concentrations of CO2! CO2 emissions from burning fossil fuels levelled off from about 2014 - 2017:

    Atmospheric concentrations didn't follow suit, probably because of the big el nino of 2015 - 2016 boosting CO2 from natural sinks like forests.

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  7. Easy to get the two things confused. Done it myself.

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  8. @ClimateAdams, it makes my feeling sad, that for your insight at COP24, you indeed did accept to fly around the world. Realising zero-emissions as quickly as possible is not compatible with flying, that’s evident. As it is, that those conferences are not the place for adequate social change. (Already in 1992 Environment Commissioner Ripa de Meana resigned in protest to travel to the Rio-Conference...) So how did you really conclude (i.e. deep inside of yourself), that flying around is justifyable - of having the „right“ to do what is affordable? How to presume, that it´s ok to prolong this culture and practice of fossilist travelling?

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    Moderator Response:

    [JH] Ad Hominem based on fabricated, false narrative snipped. 

    ClimateAdam resides in the UK and traveled to and from COP24 in Katowice, Poland via combination of train and bus. He documented his trip to Katowice in this video: 

    Hat tip to redhot.

  9. Axel Schubert @8  I'm so sad you're sad. You seem so shure ClimateAdam [-S ?] flew around the world, but you better inform yourself before you start presuming. Actually, he "flew" under the radar. Two inches in 24 hours. Just watch him do it:

    So how did you come to the your conclusion (deep inside of yourself) that would entitle you to moralize ClimateAdam? How is it justifyable and ok to prolong this culture and practice of making false accussations and spreading disinformation that you seem to be part of?

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  10. @ClimateAdam: I apologize for my comment and for presuming, you were flying. I was badly informed. Congratulations to get there on ground :-) As someone who quit flying more than 20 years ago, I judged indeed emotionally and just too fast (presuming you came from Down Under ;-) )
    Sorry again.

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    Moderator Response:

    [PS] Thank you for your honest apology and participation a SkpSci.

  11. "Thank you for your honest apology and participation a SkpSci"


    I second that. That's really gracious of you, Axel.

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