November 29, 2015

Sunset behind silhouetted trees

Copyright 2015 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

The 2015 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) begins tomorrow in Paris, France.  Please be sure to carefully read the following:

“The ultimate objective of the Convention is to stabilize greenhouse gas concentrations “at a level that would prevent dangerous anthropogenic (human induced) interference with the climate system.” It states that “such a level should be achieved within a time-frame sufficient to allow ecosystems to adapt naturally to climate change, to ensure that food production is not threatened, and to enable economic development to proceed in a sustainable manner.””

This is a quote from “The Convention” linkIt is important to note that objective was stated in 1994. 

(As an aside, it is useful to go to the UNFCCC homepage, and click through the various links under “Key Steps” to read the highlights of previous Conventions.  The links under “Process” provide important historical content about the Kyoto Protocol and the methodology behind the science of climate change.)

Given that 2015 has been another record-setting year with regard to global temperatures, and that this warming has occurred faster than ecosystems have been able to adapt, this will be an important two weeks.

In the United States, the political battle of wills about climate change continues.

Take care.