Another Climate Summit Failure – CounterPunch.org

It’s quite the spectacle to have so many so-called world leaders and their hordes of advisors gather year after year to make the promises that they have never been able to keep. The carbon dioxide in the atmosphere continues to grow, not diminish, and is joined by numerous other greenhouse gases such as methane to push global temperatures to new record highs every year. With the baking temperatures have come the ancillary effects of extreme drought literally turning once livable landscapes into deserts, desiccating rivers, lakes and reservoirs, melting glaciers that produce essential water supplies for hundreds of millions and turning once-lush forests into raging infernos.

The ironic fact is that no matter what grandstanding the leaders do while tap-dancing on the world stage, the headlines they garner are quickly subsumed in the never-ending tsunami of real world events that reveal their promises as empty and irrelevant. The same promises to stop deforestation were made at the 1992 Rio Earth Summit and repeated in 2014. Yet, deforestation has increased by 40% in the last seven years — including in the U.S., where 95% of old growth forests have already been logged and what’s left is in the crosshairs.

Moreover, as scientists say when it comes to data, “garbage in, garbage out.” That seems to be the case since, as reported by the Washington Post, the actual carbon emissions gap between what 192 nations claim to emit versus actual emissions “ranges from at least 8.5 billion to as high as 13.3 billion tons a year of underreported emissions.” To put it in perspective, the low number equals the annual emissions from the entire U.S., the world’s second-largest polluter, and the high number equals that of China, now the world’s largest polluter. Garbage in, garbage out. And so much for promises based on bull-pucky data.

Another Climate Summit Failure – CounterPunch.org