Planned UN climate deal blow to fossil fuels: green groups

December 12, 2015
Smoke belches from an oil refinery at Feyzin, 10km south of Lyon
Smoke belches from an oil refinery at Feyzin, 10km south of Lyon

A global accord to tame global warming pending approval at UN talks in Paris on Saturday would be a huge blow to the fossil-fuel industry, Greenpeace and other prominent environment groups said.

"The wheel of climate action turns slowly, but in Paris it has turned. This deal puts the fossil fuel industry on the wrong side of history," Greenpeace International executive director Kumi Naidoo said.

Greenpeace, major green groups and climate change researchers gave a mixed report card on the many details in the planned accord, which still needs to be endorsed by ministers from 195 nations at the talks.

But they emphasised that by striving to limit warming to 1.5 degrees C (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) over pre-Industrial Revolution temperatures, the draft accord would have an impact.

"That single number, and the new goal of net zero emissions by the second half of this century, will cause consternation in the boardrooms of coal companies and the palaces of oil-exporting states," Naidoo predicted.

Researchers and activists declared that the agreement, if it is adopted by ministers, would make history.

"The Paris Agreement marks a new form of international cooperation –- one where developed and developing countries are united by a common and fair framework," said Jennifer Morgan, global director of the climate programme at the World Resources Institute (WRI), a Washington-based think tank.

Smoke belches from a heating factory chimney in Heihe, in northeastern China's Heilongjiang province
Smoke belches from a heating factory chimney in Heihe, in northeastern China's Heilongjiang province

"The agreement is both ambitious and powered by the voices of the most vulnerable."

May Boeve, executive director of 350.org, an organisation pressing financial institutions to divest from , also said the 1.5C reference was key.

"This marks the end of the era of fossil fuels. There is no way to meet the targets laid out in this agreement without keeping coal, oil and gas in the ground," Boeve said.

"The text should send a clear signal to fossil fuel investors: divest now."

Emma Ruby-Sachs, acting executive director of Avaaz, another prominent campaigning group that helped organise giant rallies around the world before the talks started last month, expressed similar sentiments.

"If agreed, this deal will represent a turning point in history, paving the way for the shift to 100-percent clean energy that the world wants and the planet needs," Ruby-Sachs said.

Smoke columns come out of chimneys of a petrochemical company in the southern Spanish city of Algeciras
Smoke columns come out of chimneys of a petrochemical company in the southern Spanish city of Algeciras

"By marching in the streets, calling leaders and signing petitions, people everywhere created this moment, and now people everywhere will deliver on it to secure the future of humanity."

But Tim Gore, policy director at British charity Oxfam, said the provision in the text aiming to cap at 1.5C would require an unprecedented global effort.

The emissions reduction plans submitted by some 185 nations ahead of the talks have put Earth on a path to least about 3.0C degrees of warming.

"The 1.5C degree target is an important moral victory, but—as we have heard—it may yet ring hollow unless we see significant increases in action in the years ahead," Gore said.

Morgan echoed his warning, noting nations around the global must accelerate the pace of change.

"World leaders need to build on the momentum created by the Paris moment and move even faster and further toward a decarbonised economy."

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Mark_Goldes
1 / 5 (3) Dec 13, 2015
SADLY PARIS AGREEMENT TOO LITTLE - TOO LATE!

Methane heating + Global Warming, according to Arctic News, can begin eliminating human life in 8-16 years. Humanity may be doomed unless we aim at a seemingly impossible 90% reduction in the use of fossil fuels in 5 years. Bombers were built every 59 minutes 24/7 during WWII. Survival demands a similar effort now.

AESOP's new science makes possible engines that will run 24/7 on atmospheric heat instead of fuel. This is a huge untapped solar energy resource, larger than all the energy potential from fossil fuels. A Ford engine was converted to prove the concept.

AESOP is converting Briggs & Stratton and Mitsubishi V6 engines to demonstrate fuel-free operation. Both will run 24/7 and can spin generators.

Fuel-free engines can be produced by existing engine manufacturers, fast! The next generation can be made on tabletops - with 3-D printing. See the aesop institute website.
antigoracle
1 / 5 (2) Dec 13, 2015
Over 50000 of these hypocrites made their way to Paris. Want to guess how many would not be there if not for fossil fuels?
RealScience
5 / 5 (2) Jan 06, 2016
Moderators:
Mark_Goldes is a known scammer spamming phys.org comments to try to scam people.

See: Mark Goldes' Fraudulent "AESOP Institute": https://physicsre...stitute/
Mark_Goldes
1 / 5 (2) Jan 06, 2016
The Troll who has a fake Physics Review Board that consists only of himself blatantly lies and distorts. My bio is on the website aesopinstitute.org There is not and never has been any scam activity connected with our work. However, it is hard to believe, as it reflects surprising new science.
RealScience
5 / 5 (2) Jan 06, 2016
I read your web site bio/history section, and it confirms that you routinely disregard well-known laws of physics. While a few things (such as LENR) are conceivable within the known laws, many of your claims are not and in the aggregate would require throwing out relativity, quantum mechanics AND both the first and second law of thermodynamics.

Oh, but if the reader LENDS you a mere $1000, it will help prove all of this...

Quite frankly, your web site CONFIRMS what the 'troll' says. Constantly having numerous things that are 'almost there, and just need a bit more money' is a tell that someone is involved in delusion - either deluding themselves and not finishing anything so as not to face it, or deluding others to scam money from them.

Personal advice:
If you really care and really believe that you have something, focus on ONE thing and make it work instead of dividing your efforts among many things that you never finish.
Mark_Goldes
1 / 5 (2) Jan 06, 2016
Anyone interested will find SECOND LAW SURPRISES under MORE on the website addresses your first concern. Ken Rauen, the inventor of most of these engines, published in Infinite Energy #116 (August 2014): The "Ultraviolet Catastrophes" of Quantum Mechanics, demonstrating why Temporal Wave Mechanics should supersede Quantum Mechanics (with Bill Harrington).

We are focused on completing the engine conversions. With modest additional funding (at least $50,000) by this time next month at least one will be running. Meanwhile, note that a Ford engine was successfully converted. The details can be seen under NO FUEL PISTON ENGINES on the site. Scroll down to pages 11-15.

RealScience
5 / 5 (2) Jan 06, 2016
Regarding "second-law surprises", the second sentence of your quote speaks for itself.

a Ford engine was successfully converted

So you ran a ford engine on compressed propane. Even if you didn't burn the propane, but just used it as a refrigerant, it still takes energy to compress the propane so that it is cold enough to create a heat difference, and hence even uncombusted compressed propane is an energy source unless the system recompresses the propane in a closed loop.

And if the loop is closed, is your converted engine running around the clock without using fuel, while generating power to run simple dead-simple indicator like an incandescent light bulb? If not, then why not? Car engines are designed to run for thousands of hours, so please don't make excuses...
Mark_Goldes
1 / 5 (2) Jan 06, 2016
Chris Hunter, after 9 years of work and much expenditure of his own money, ran the engine for hours at 1.300 rpm. The 1939 Ford tractor engine seals were never designed to withstand the high pressure produced by the propane and leaked badly. That engine is now history. He i converting a Kia engine now. Hunter is a brilliant inventor but is not a part of our firm.
RealScience
5 / 5 (2) Jan 06, 2016
A tank of high-pressure gas and an engine that lets it leak out?
I have one of those in my shop - it is called a pneumatic motor.

For all I know you actually believe Chris, and are being scammed yourself.
Constantly having numerous things that are 'almost there, and just need a bit more money' is a tell that someone is involved in delusion - either deluding themselves and not finishing anything so as not to face it, or deluding others to scam money from them. "Used to be there" is pretty much the same as 'almost there'.

Mark_Goldes
1 / 5 (2) Jan 07, 2016
Ken Rauen is an expert on the Second Law and his dissent has been delivered without argument at 3 conferences attended by numerous physicists. There is no question that Hunter succeeded in running the Ford engine. You can see the details on our website as mentioned above. He has given that work to the world as a gift. Rauen and another engineer have made patentable improvements which are included in AESOP's engine conversions. They reflect greater knowledge of thermodynamics and engines.

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