Leaders of many of the world’s states gather in Paris next month for climate talks, having promised in advance that any agreement will fall well short of the 2 degrees target for avoiding dangerous global warming.
An army of politicians, PR people and diplomats are working to create the impression that, nevertheless, something positive is being done. This balloon of
hype needs to be popped. The precondition for serious action is honesty about the scale, and difficulty, of the problem, and acknowledgement of how far away we are from a solution.
Rising sea levels is a key part of the problem, and recent research on it – that I attempt to summarise and discuss in this article – helps explain the scale of the problem. The bottom line is this: while governments’ promises lag further and further behind targets for climate action set out by the Read the rest of this entry »