It’s warm and sunny today in Doha.
That’s where representatives from UN member countries are gathered for another round of UN climate talks.
It’s a fitting location in many ways. The world overall is getting hotter and dryer.
(At least where it’s not getting colder and wetter.)
Will the talks bring us any closer to a global climate treaty designed to hold us under the 2C degree tipping point? There’s a lot at stake, well described in this Environmental Leader article.
As much as I deeply admire the UN’s work, I’m doubtful for any significant outcomes.
If Sandy couldn’t rattle souls to put climate change at the top of the political agenda, then I don’t hold much hope for a conference half-a-world away.
Not to mention that host country Qatar is the world’s top emitter of greenhouse gases per capita and has not announced any reduction goals.
The two-week event includes release of a new UN report on the increasingly liquid state of the planet’s permafrost. Very bad news.