#COP21: Not ready for 1.5-degree-Celsius cap?

#COP21: Not ready for 1.5-degree-Celsius cap?
'You can't get that here', says Philippines' top climate negotiator

PARIS, France – Ministers from 195 parties are hammering out an agreement to curb global warming, but the draft text they released on Wednesday, December 9, is barely ambitious. They could not yet rally behind the growing clamor to keep temperatures to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial level.

Voltaire Tupaz reports. 



“The clock is no longer ticking. The waker, the alarm clock are actually ringing now. It’s time to wake up. It’s time to face the issues. We have to do something very, very drastic right now.”

The single most urgent clamor here is for countries to unite behind the goal of limiting global warming below 1.5 degrees Celsius. 

Climate Reality Project chairman Al Gore ​sounded the alarm on the disastrous impacts of global warning as early as 2006. He reminds the world about the Haiyan tragedy in the Philippines that killed more than 6,000. 


It’s been clear for quite a long time that these predictions were correct, and when they began to manifest in this tragedy it, causes a deep sadness of course but even more than that a stronger determination to do everyone possible to help organize people around the world that try to respond to effectively to prevent more tragedies like Yolanda in Tacloban.

But Philippine delegation spokesperson Tony La Viña​ ​doubts countries will immediately commit to the goal.

You can’t get that here. So, from that point of view it’s not a good agreement, right? But if the agreement says that we will strive to continue to increase ambition over the next 10 to 15 years, I’m ok with that because the goal is decarbonization by 2050.

More than a hundred countries ​have joined the growing clamor but the outcome of the conference is up to a few countries, mainly big carbon emitters.

Bold pledges and high-level events mark the first week of the climate talks here. With a draft agreement peppered with contentious issues in brackets, the challenge this week is for Paris to deliver an ambitious and strong deal that Kyoto in 1997 and Copenhagen in 2009 failed to produce to save the planet from climate change. 

Voltaire Tupaz, Rappler, Paris – Rappler.com

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