A range of opinion on Paris Climate talks

The Paris Climate Talks deal generally got a very good press. …  this was a “landmark victory” … Yet a closer look reveals some telling differences.

The left-leaning Guardian called it an “ambitious agreement” and “an end to the fossil fuel era”. … one of the strong messages of the news coverage was that investors and governments could now make choices based on a collective commitment to emissions reduction.

Strongly sceptical/negative voices were also included, particularly in the Guardian. George Monbiot, the paper’s high-profile environment columnist, claimed that: “By comparison to what it could have been, it’s a miracle. By comparison to what it should have been, it’s a disaster”. Similarly former NASA climate scientist James Hansen emphasised the failures: “It’s a fraud really, a fake. […] It’s just bullshit for them to say: We’ll have a 2? warming target and then try to do a little better every five years.”

The Conversation: 17 Dec 2015

Key Words: Climate Change
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