World Meteorological Office is reporting that the last four years are among hottest on record, not good news, but it gets worse, its reported that Carbon Dioxide levels have increased for the first time in the last four years.
Given the whole planet needs to co-operate, it seems the climate change framework is failing, it’s failing to deliver the necessary management, with some climate scientists now saying the target, to limit the impact to 2 degrees, is already surpassed. One of the core problems is that we are only human, and very easily distracted. News from the UK seems obsessed with Brexit, so UK and EU will be tied up for years working out that, we have tension between Ukraine and Russia, we have oceans full of plastic, We have the USA backing away from climate science, we have the UN environmental head resigned after he spent USD 500,000 on air travel & hotels, etc. etc.
In the meantime, carbon emissions are still rising, the UN’s emission gap report shows some countries, for example, China seems to be have planned carbon reductions on target, whilst other countries like the UK are falling short.
We have the skill and technologies to lower energy consumption and thereby lower emissions, and at the same time we have Governments targeting growth as the key metric, and as GDP rises so do emissions.