With corporate bottom lines totally dependent on getting us to buy more stuff, stiff made as cheaply as possible to sell for as much as possible, the notion of cutting back or installing massive and costly manufacturing changes doesn’t sit well with either boards or investors.
And so it should come as no surprise that none of the 95 countries responsible for nine-tenths of those nasty carbon dioxide emissions stands a chance of hitting the goals needed to cap global warming at two degrees Celsius.
And the United States, which has just elected the only national leader to deny that human activity has any impact on the climate, is among the worst offenders, actually losing ground on all measures.
Oh, and Myron Ebell, that man Trump picked to oversee appointments to the Environmental Protection Agency, the federal agency charged with overseeing the health of the nation’s air, land, and water, is another moral idiot who denies human agency in climate change and abhors regulations.
From Agence France Presse:
Despite a boom in renewables, especially solar and wind, “the necessary energy revolution is still happening too slowly,” the Climate Change Performance Index 2017 reported on the margins of UN climate talks in Marrakesh.
The annual assessment of national policies and actions to curb global warming found that the European Union has gone from leader to laggard, with the exception of some of its member states.
France took top honours, in part due to its role in ushering in the landmark Paris Agreement, signed in the French capital last December. Sweden and Britain took the silver and bronze, mainly for policies put in place by governments no longer in power.
Canada, Australia and Japan filled out the bottom of the ranking, though recent changes of government in Canberra and Ottawa may bode well for future improvements.
The United States, the second largest greenhouse gas emitter in the world after China, got a “poor” rating, losing ground across all categories, the report found.
From the report, a map of how the nations of the world are faring in their efforts to meet CO2 reduction goals [click on the image to enlarge]:
More on the report from GermanWatch:
Recognizing the urgency to take immediate action in protecting the global climate, the 21st Conference of the Parties, held in December 2015 in Paris, made a groundbreaking achievement in adopting the goal to limit global warming to “well below” 2°C and to pursue efforts to limit warming to a 1.5°C. Under the Paris Agreement, climate action was anchored in the context of international law. This requires countries to make their own unique contribution to the prevention of dangerous climate change. The next crucial step to follow this agreement is the rapid implementation by the signing parties of concrete measures to make their individual contributions to the global goal. For the past 12 years, the Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI) has been keeping track of countries’ efforts in combating climate change. The varying initial positions, interests and strategies of the numerous countries make it difficult to distinguish their strengths and weaknesses and the CCPI has been an important tool in contributing to a clearer understanding of national and international climate policy.
To demonstrate existing measures more accurately and to encourage steps toward effective climate policy, the CCPI methodology was evaluated in 2012 and continues to be improved. The integration of emissions data from deforestation and forest degradation was one of the major steps in this process, made possible due to the data provided by the FAO Global Forest Resource Assessment 2015. Deforestation and forest degradation are another important source of anthropogenic CO2 alongside energy-based emissions. By including these emissions in the data, we are able to present a more comprehensive view of man-made impacts on the world’s climate.
The following publication is issued by Germanwatch and Climate Action Network Europe. However, only with the help of around 280 energy and climate experts from all over the world are we able to include a review of each country’s national and international policies. The review charts the efforts that have been made to avoid climate change, and also evaluates the various countries’ current efforts regarding the implementation of the Paris Agreement, starting from this year. We greatly appreciate these experts for their time, efforts and knowledge in contributing to this publication. The experts are mainly representatives of NGOs who work within their respective countries, fighting for the implementation of the climate policy that we all so desperately need.