Humanity at 'five to midnight' on climate: EU official

Time is running out for the world to achieve a climate change agreement, the president of the European Parliament says
Time is running out for the world to achieve a climate change agreement, the president of the European Parliament says

Time is running out for the world to achieve a climate change agreement, the president of the European Parliament said Tuesday ahead of a key United Nations meeting in Paris later this year.

"We have to recognise that it is five minutes to midnight, and that the goals we have defined are not European, American or Chinese," Martin Schulz told reporters during a visit to China.

"Whoever is responsible has to understand that the fight against climate change is a fight for the survival of humanity," he added.

"The price for our failures today will be paid by future generations. That means it is a responsibility for all of humanity."

Schulz, who met President Xi Jinping on Monday, said he felt for the first time that Chinese understanding of the seriousness of the issue had increased "considerably".

Countries are preparing for a crucial UN meeting in Paris—the 21st Conference of Parties, or COP 21—of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), which groups 195 nations.

"We agree completely and entirely on both sides that the climate conference in December in Paris is a decisive moment not only for China and the European Union," Schulz said at a press conference.

"I think this is a decisive moment for the worldwide development and both sides, the European and the Chinese sides, are committed to get a common, binding agreement for the climate change goals in Paris."

A ministerial-level meeting of UN climate negotiators in Lima last December yielded a 37-page blueprint for the agreement, which countries had in 2011 agreed to finalise by the end of this year.

European Parliament President Martin Schulz answers questions at a press conference in Beijing on March 17, 2015
European Parliament President Martin Schulz answers questions at a press conference in Beijing on March 17, 2015

The pact must enter into force by 2020 to further the UN goal of limiting global warming to two degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) over pre-Industrial Revolution levels.

Scientists warn that on current greenhouse gas emission trends, the Earth is on track for double that—a recipe for catastrophic droughts, storms, floods and rising seas.

The European Union earlier this month formally adopted targets for the Paris conference, including a 40 percent cut in by 2030 compared to 1990 levels.

The United States, which accounts for 12 percent of , announced its intention to reduce them by 26-28 percent in 2025 compared with their level in 2005.

China, which is the world's second-largest economy and accounts for 25 percent of global emissions, has set a target date of "about 2030" for its emissions to peak, but has not pledged any reductions.

Schulz said: "We have to manage growth and environmental questions at the same time."

Beijing this month cut its annual growth target to about seven percent.

Schulz added: "As a European leader we are jealous to listen to such growth rates."


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Mar 17, 2015
Ah, thank goodness. It's about time. Too much Florida and California beach-land at stake.

See, the devil is good when he is well pleased.

Mar 17, 2015
maybe 5 to midnight on Jan 2 with a remote possibility of a problem somewhere occurring because of the warmists' predictions happening dec 31, 4003

These guys just wan booze drugs women and money. It is the UN after all where doing nothing valuable has been raise to a science.

Mar 17, 2015
The article is right on. We should take all of the deniers and send them to the Gore/Mann thought retraining camps. That will teach the deniers a thing or two about global warming and the beloved hockeystick!

Mar 17, 2015
Notice, no mention of CO2, and a big picture of smog/soot/whathaveyou. Hmmm.

Mar 17, 2015
Humanity is five to midnight on nuclear war - the fight against climate is our least problem by now..

Mar 17, 2015
Yep, time is running out for the AGW Cult and their CO2 lies.

Mar 17, 2015
time is 'running out' here too,, lol

http://globalnews...-breton/

Mar 18, 2015
Meanwhile, some real information about what's happening in Antarctica:
Our Rising Oceans: VICE on HBO Season 3 (Episode 1)
https://youtu.be/_h92Ath_2XA

RWT
Mar 18, 2015
Hey EU official, go F yourself with your own broken and misinformed policies, the USA wants nothing to do with it.

Mar 18, 2015
RWT muttered
Hey EU official, go F yourself with your own broken and misinformed policies, the USA wants nothing to do with it.
Although US is only 2% of the world it is in the top 3 of CO2 emitters...

Can you think about this straightforward physics question and get a grip on the long term value of minimising disruption to our global climate system:-

"How can adding a greenhouse gas to the atmosphere such as CO2, with well known, proven & irrefutable thermal properties of absorbance/re-radiation, somehow NOT increase thermal resistivity ?"

Mar 18, 2015
Although US is only 2% of the world it is in the top 3 of CO2 emitters...

Can you think about this straightforward physics question and get a grip on the long term value of minimising disruption to our global climate system:-

"How can adding a greenhouse gas to the atmosphere such as CO2, with well known, proven & irrefutable thermal properties of absorbance/re-radiation, somehow NOT increase thermal resistivity ?"

And yet, the US has been cooling since the 1930s

Mar 18, 2015
antigoracle muttered
"How can adding a greenhouse gas to the atmosphere such as CO2, with well known, proven & irrefutable thermal properties of absorbance/re-radiation, somehow NOT increase thermal resistivity ?"
And yet, the US has been cooling since the 1930s In some respects yes & in many respects NO.

But, of course u have already been shown this for ages, for others new to antigoracle, he is a bit of a redneck arguer who fails to understand physics & the FACT climate does not have national borders. FACT also is US is undergoing climate change, shifting patterns which don't necessarily mean an average has changed much.

Also USA is adjacent to large ice masses, not common in respect of most countries.

Re USA specifically, last Feb has been very unusual, can antigoracle, understand how to interpret colours on a graphic I wonder:-
http://www.remss....ry_temps

Can antigoracle be smarter & not be obsessed with a politician, Al Gore ?

Mar 18, 2015
ooops, quote bb got munted, should be:-
antigoracle muttered
when I said
"How can adding a greenhouse gas to the atmosphere such as CO2, with well known, proven & irrefutable thermal properties of absorbance/re-radiation, somehow NOT increase thermal resistivity ?"
He claims
And yet, the US has been cooling since the 1930s
In some respects yes & in many respects NO.

But, of course u have already been shown this for ages etc etc.

Note:-
All the time bulk of deniers have been picking at data sets with their skewing start points & focusing on weather & mixing up media blurts with climate scientists general projections, they could have graduated with Science degrees !

Eg: Key protagonist deniers
antigoracle joined April 2009
ubavontuba joined Sep 2007
Shootist Feb 2008

No post grads, no uni physics, not even Community College in ALL that time, if at least to be genuine students of the issue so as to become definitive, IOW no serious means to investigate !

Mar 18, 2015
Also USA is adjacent to large ice masses, not common in respect of most countries...blah..blah. be smarter.

Really!! You are going with that gem. You know the remarkable thing about ignorant people is that they don't take their own advice.

Mar 18, 2015
I wonder why we are so obsessed with our own demise? The "End of the World" seems to have been happening ever since we developed that capacity to think of it. In the early days it was the Gods, then it was comets/meteors, then nuclear war, then plagues, now "climate change". Somehow we assume we are supposed to remain in some static balance and that evolution doesn't apply to us. Honestly, our efforts to control nature pose a greater threat to us than any of the above... with the exception of nuclear war of course.

Mar 18, 2015
antigoracle with his usual uneducated barbs
Really!! You are going with that gem. You know the remarkable thing about ignorant people is that they don't take their own advice.
What the hell does this even mean, what context, what reference, what re you feebly & incomptently trying to say ?

Spit it out man, see an English teacher or are your banal notions so simplistic you can't make them appear important ?

What supposedly is the advice I gave others that I should take ?

Learn to communicate more effectively, more precision, enhanced context, thoughtful - eh ?

Can you possibly be smarter, I mean choosing a nick in relation to Al Gore tells us heaps :-)

Mar 20, 2015
Yes, US is adjacent to major ice masses. The run off cools much more effectively than the melting warms. This is because ice takes so much more energy to melt. Water, even at 0C (+) still absorbs plenty of heat to evaporate, and that 0C melt water runs into the ocean, cooling it.

It's a powerful effect.

Mar 21, 2015
Water_Prophet claimed
Yes, US is adjacent to major ice masses. The run off cools much more effectively than the melting warms. This is because ice takes so much more energy to melt. Water, even at 0C (+) still absorbs plenty of heat to evaporate, and that 0C melt water runs into the ocean, cooling it.It's a powerful effect.
Care to quantify just how much water evaporates at 0 deg C - can U ?

And while at it, why can't you plug in the numbers in runrig's offering re the equation to determine CO2's thermal resistivity in W/m^2 ?

Because this could definitively prove your claim but, u STILL havent proven your claim ?

Y is that ?

If u have problem with the formula why didnt u raise it as u claim to be a Physical Chemist ?

Your educational profile isnt complete on your facebook page, why is that, where are the "4 technical degrees" you CLAIM ?
https://www.faceb...er/about

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