Global warming has dropped off the political radar – Was the Paris agreement the zenith of climate action?Posted by Jim at Sunday, February 21, 2016
By Ed King
19 February 2016
(Climate Change News) – "After Paris, what now?" is a comment increasingly heard in conversations with civil society activists, diplomats and government officials.
A senior figure involved at the Paris talks asked me recently if I’d heard what plans NGOs had to keep the pressure up on leaders through 2016. They’d heard little. Neither, I confessed, had I.
It’s a curious state of affairs given last December nearly 200 countries finally agreed to start walking towards a future without fossil fuels.
But there are concerns that the diplomatic masterstroke signed off in the French capital was the zenith – and now world leaders have other things on their mind.
Fears of a global economic slump, US presidential elections, crashing oil prices, Syria, Brexit and the militarisation of the South China Sea have knocked global warming off the front pages.
There remains a lingering suspicion that many governments just wanted to get through Paris without causing a fuss, without contemplating what avoiding a 1.5 or 2C world really means.
Few of the so-called High Ambition Coalition have revealed how they will translate their soaring COP21 rhetoric into action.
Despite pushing for the inclusion of a 1.5C goal, the EU and leading members like the UK have declined to turn the dial on their climate plans accordingly.