Climate conference collapses

Szabo Gabor By Szabo Gabor, 10th Nov 2010 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Can we stop or slow the climate change? The reality is depressing: the economy is more important than our environment and the future.

Hopes

Ministers at the conference in The Hague (in 2000) told the world's press that they had failed to reach an agreement on greenhouse gas emissions, which raise the Earth's temperature. Scientists warned that this would mean more pollution and a greater risk of disasters across the globe. A United Nations representative said the conference had been organised to reach agreements on reducing emissions. It was a follow-up to the 1997 conference in Kyoto. Japan, when governments promised they would reduce emissions of carbon-based gases below 1990 levels by 2012. In Kyoto, the European Union agreed to cut emissions by 8%: Japan 6% and the USA 7%. At the conference in The Hague Britain declared that it was one of the few countries to have reduced its emissions, but critics asked if this was due to government policy or the decline in the coal industry. The EU reminded the USA (the world's biggest polluter producing 24% of the world's emissions) that it had not met its targets. The USA firmly denied it was making excuses and asked why the targets were so unrealistic.

Failure

Some environmentalists at the conference claimed that the world is warming faster than at any time in the last 10.000 years. However, other experts suggested that it is part of natural weather cycles. In 1995 the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (lPCC) announced that there was a definite human influence on climate change. Some government ministers reluctantly admitted that they may need to cut global emissions by up to 60% in the long-term. However, many developing countries have refused to sign any pollution agreements: they say it would harm their economic growth and insist that the developed countries lead the way and show it is possible to break the link between economic growth and rising emissions.

Fight

Despite of the large companies and companies aren’t interesting in our future, you can do some useful things. Save energy and water at home, support the environmental organizations (GreenPeace, WWF etc) and tell these information to others.You can read some tips here.

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Changes, Climate, Conference, Economy, Environment, Factories, Failed, Gases, Twittley, Weather

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author avatar Szabo Gabor
I like reading, writing and sharing interesting articles. My favourite topics: environment, animals, plants, science, technology, useful tips and mysteries. Now I’m learning natural science at the university.

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author avatar yellowzigzag
26th Apr 2012 (#)

very interesting

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