“facilis descensus Averni” and easy is the descent into climate change

In 118 days time delegates from all the countries in the world will meet in Copenhagen to try and reach agreement on a new climate change treaty. The old treaty, signed at Kyoto, has provided really no more than awareness on the world stage about the seriousness of the potential problem that a changing climate will bring us.

The United States, China and India either refused to sign up to Kyoto or were exempted from its obligations, so it would have been foolhardy to expect Kyoto to make a difference. Ultimately only people will determine whether the planet upon which we depend will be ravaged by a changed climate created by the effects of global warming. Nevertheless treaties may also play part. Continue reading