EU states to be asked to ratify climate deal in June

June 2, 2016
"1.5 Degrees" in white neon is lit on the Eiffel Tower in the French capital during the COP21 United Nations Climate Change Conference in 2015

EU member states will be asked collectively to ratify the landmark Paris agreement to fight climate change within two weeks, French environment minister Segolene Royal said Thursday.

Experts say the world's fast-track ratification of the Paris Agreement clinched in December would help push the UN forum sponsoring the deal to flesh out the rules and procedures needed to move forward.

The European Commission, the EU executive, will ask environment ministers from the 28 member states to ratify the when they meet in Luxembourg on June 20, Royal said after talks with Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker.

She expected a proposal to be submitted next week for the meeting's agenda. The European Parliament will then have to ratify it.

"The ratifications will accelerate. There is an extremely positive realisation that is being expressed today," according to Royal, the co-chair with Morocco of the negotiating process.

Royal also urged the member states to present a timetable for ratification in their own national parliaments.

The EU negotiated the Paris on behalf of its member states, committing to reduce by 40 percent by 2030 compared to 1990 levels.

But intense negotiations are now expected among member states to decide how each country will realise the overall objective.

The Paris Agreement will take effect after it is ratified by at least 55 countries that account for at least 55 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions.

These countries will then be legally bound by it.

The Paris pact calls for capping global warming at well below two degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit), and 1.5 C (2.7 F) if possible.

The accord—which could enter into force later this year, far sooner than expected—sets ambitious goals for capping and funnelling trillions of dollars to poor countries facing an onslaught of climate damage.

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rodkeh
3 / 5 (2) Jun 02, 2016
The Paris agreement has to be the epitome of human stupidity!
To limit the production of the single most important and beneficial trace gas in our atmosphere, CO2, the one and only gas that supports all plant life on this planet and subsequently, all other life as well, is undoubtedly the absolute stupids thing we human could ever possibly think of!
Is there no one with a single living brain cell, left on this planet?
rodkeh
5 / 5 (1) Jun 02, 2016
If one compares CO2 levels, with the lives and extinction of the Dinosaurs, one will notice that the Dinosaurs died out at the same time that CO2 hit bottom, at about where it is today, after starting out at about 2500 ppm, about 6 or 7 times higher. There is no question that CO2 levels were many times higher back then, than they are today and that not only were the Dinosaurs big, everything was big! The whole ecosystem was more robust, which makes survival a lot easier, for all living things.

But that is the way the natural system works. The pendulum swings from one extreme to another. When the CO2 was high, the plants grew to be huge. The ancestor of the garden variety fern were 30 meters tall but the ecosystem over responded and started taking out too much CO2, at which point the plants were causing their own demise and in the process, the whole of the higher orders of life, including the Dinosaurs.
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rodkeh
5 / 5 (1) Jun 02, 2016
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Since then we have been restricted by the lack of atmospheric CO2 but with a little luck, we may be able to restore some of that robustness. If we don't do something stupid and miss our chance!
Human development has been hampered up until now but we have reached a point where we can change, not the climate but the ecosystem.

Once one understands the true mechanism of climate and what climate change really means, one realizes that there is absolutely nothing humans or solar radiation can do, to affect climate. There is absolutely nothing to fear in terms of climate, however, we are perfectly capable of fouling up the environment and as always it will be human ignorance and stupidity that does it again!

We NEED MORE CO2! CO2 is our friend, not enemy and the AGW fanatics are trying to destroy our food supply by cutting the most beneficial trace gas, in the atmosphere. The only gas that allows life to exist on this planet, CO2!
Edenlegaia
5 / 5 (1) Jun 02, 2016
If one compares CO2 levels, with the lives and extinction of the Dinosaurs, one will notice that the Dinosaurs died out at the same time that CO2 hit bottom, at about where it is today, after starting out at about 2500 ppm, about 6 or 7 times higher.


I lack some knowledge about that, but....isn't it that way the mammals could finally privail in a world which was finally good enough for them and not anymore for dinosaurs? According to researches and stuff, CO2 level is going up and up, even with efforts to prevent it. It should be enough for plants, forests and so on, shouldn't it?
Enough CO2 for Nature to feed on, not too much to make sure we won't recreate the dinosaurs heaven. Shouldn't it be good?
gkam
1.7 / 5 (6) Jun 03, 2016
"We NEED MORE CO2! CO2 is our friend, not enemy and the AGW fanatics are trying to destroy our food supply by cutting the most beneficial trace gas, in the atmosphere. The only gas that allows life to exist on this planet, CO2"
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Somebody please give rodkeh about 10% CO2.
antialias_physorg
3 / 5 (2) Jun 03, 2016
, the one and only gas that supports all plant life

You don't know much about CO2 (or plant lief), do you?
Is there no one with a single living brain cell, left on this planet?

Evereyone but you it seems. Learn some basic biology before making definitive statements. It would save you no end of embarassment (especially on the internet where you can't really erase your past stupidities.)

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