Key Elements of the “Paris Agreement” On Climate Change

On 12 June 2015, the Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) adopted what is called the “Paris Agreement”.  This Agreement will be open to ratification from 22 April 2016 to 21 April 2017 and will enter into force 30 days after ratification by 55 Parties to the Agreement representing at least 55% of global emissions.  The following is a brief summary of the key elements of the Paris Agreement.  The complete Agreement can be found HERE. Continue reading

Can Global Warming be Limited to a Maximum of 2oC ?

One of the great scientific myths of this century is that there exists a large number of “magical” solutions to the climate problem that would limit global warming to less than 2oC using technologies that are currently available and economically feasible if only the political will existed to implement those technologies on a massive scale.  Within the last six months, the scientific and engineering community has begun to openly express doubts as to the feasibility of virtually all of these “magical” solutions. [In fairness, many people within the scientific and engineering communities have long harbored doubts concerning the feasibility of the 2oC objective but have hesitated , for a variety of reasons, to openly express those doubts .]

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