Environment

Bailing on Climate Change

Collide-a-ScapeBy Keith KloorJan 29, 2011 1:56 PM

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First target="_blank">Obama, now Ban-Ki Moon, the U.N. Secretary General, according to the Guardian:

In a strategic shift, Ban will redirect his efforts from trying to encourage movement in the international climate change negotiations to a broader agenda of promoting clean energy and sustainable development, senior UN officials said.

The officials said the change in focus reflected Ban's realisation, after his deep involvement with the failed Copenhagen summit in 2009, that world leaders are not prepared to come together in a sweeping agreement on global warming "“ at least not for the next few years.

Hmm, anyone seeing a trend here? Of course, I don't think either Obama or Ban are actually giving up on the climate change cause. They're just going about it differently, one might even say obliquely. On a related note, I see the U.N. Secretary General is in another story, reported from Davos:

The world's current economic model is an environmental "global suicide pact" that will result in disaster if it isn't reformed, Ban Ki-moon, the UN secretary general, warned today.

So what do we do?

We need a revolution," he told a panel at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on how best to make the global economy sustainable. "Climate change is also showing us that the old model is more than obsolete."

I'm down with that, but a few more details please. Otherwise, for inspiration, I'll turn to these guys.

My favorite part of that story comes at the end:

The panel moderator, the New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman, said he hoped next year participants would return to the Swiss ski resort "and be able to say that a molecule of CO2 was actually affected by what we say and do here".

Pray tell, does this mean solar panels are going up on the roof here?

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