Climate failure from Kyoto to Doha in one simple chart
The United Nations' 18th annual climate change meeting just wrapped up in Doha, Qatar. The official storyline is the same as always: important progress was made.
Few seem to believe it anymore.
In my opinion, everything you really need to know about the effectiveness of the United Nations' multi-decade efforts to stop climate change can be seen in my chart below. It shows the annual increase in CO2 in the atmosphere along with the annual UN Conference of Parties (COP) climate meetings for each year.
Eighteen years of COP meetings, task forces, brinkmanship, declarations, policies, promises and protocols have not slowed the rise in global CO2 one tiny bit. Zip. Nada. Cero. Nulis. Zyro. Null. Sunna. Zero. Sefr. Ling. Nol. Yeong. Not even a tiny bit.
The governments of the world separately, and together via their UN-led process, have completely failed -- for decades -- to halt the relentless increase in fossil fuel pollution that is driving us off the "climate cliff."
Meanwhile the storm clouds of climate changes gather and darken. Record smashing extreme heat events, deluges, flooding, storms, droughts, crop losses, sea level rises, wave heights, wind speeds, forest and coral reef die-offs, wildfires, species extinction, permafrost meltdown, ice loss and ocean acidification are all growing ever worse.
Often the dramatic changes are emerging much faster than even worst case projections of a few years ago.
As one of the world's leading climate scientists, James Hansen of NASA, says:
"Ladies and gentlemen, your governments are lying through their teeth. You may wish to use softer language, but the truth is that they know that their planned approach will not come anywhere near achieving the intended global objectives. Moreover, they are now taking actions that, if we do not stop them, will lock in guaranteed failure..."
"The problem is that our governments, under the heavy thumb of special interests, are ... pursuing policies to get every last drop of fossil fuel"
Sure enough, top global institutions that specialize in energy forecasts --the World Bank, the International Energy Agency, the United Nations, the Global Carbon Project, PricewaterhouseCoopers and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology -- have all recently warned that we are on a dirty energy path leading to a climate "catastrophe" of 4.0 C to 6.2 C of global warming during the lives of our children.
Oops, sorry kids.