A Weblog monitoring coverage of environmental issues and science in the UK media. By Professor Emeritus Philip Stott. The aim is to assess whether a subject is being fairly covered by press, radio, and television. Above all, the Weblog will focus on science, but not just on poor science. It will also bring to public notice good science that is being ignored because it may be politically inconvenient.

Saturday, December 18, 2004

We agree - er - on more hot air.....

Well! That's it then. COP 10 at Buenos Aires has ended with an agreement on - yes, you've guessed it - more informal talks in May, 2005. The US, the developing nations, and the Middle Eastern countries have very nicely put the dampers on all that European hype and hubris: 'Little agreed as climate talks end' (CNN, December 18):

"U.N. talks on climate change ended early Saturday with few steps forward as the United States, oil producers and developing giants slammed the brakes on the European Union's drive for deeper emissions cuts to stop global warming....."

Of course, emission cuts won't 'stop' (one of those immensely silly and lazy media words) climate change in any case. But never mind. Europe is inexorably moaning away despite the fact that most EU countries are failing even to meet their own Kyoto targets. Staggering hypocrisy. Luckily, the developing countries can see all too well what Europe has in mind and they are absolutely right to renounce any mandatory limits well before they appear over the horizon. Go India, say I.

But it really is a classic Feydeau farce and such a total waste of political energy.

Philip, glad another round of wittering is over. And remember - over 6,000 delegates flew to Buenos Aires. Now that is hot air! Time to raise a toast to a little more down-to-earth sense. But, oh dear! We have to prepare ourselves for Blair's G8 hot air. Still, Christmas comes first - and ,well done climate - probably snow this evening. Share a mince pie with a 'global warmer' - they need comforting.

[New counter, June 19, 2006, with loss of some data]

WWW EnviroSpin Watch

This page is powered by Blogger. Isn't yours?