A lack of imagination hampers climate change policy

Scientists are revising their views about the pace of climate change and its consequences. The latest conference in Denmark leaks bad news every day. The scientists there believe that it will be difficult to hold the global warming to 2 degrees Celsius by the end of this century – our chances of doing this are now only fifty – fifty. The sea level rises have been under estimated, and because the conversion of ice to water from the Polar is now becoming better understood and should now be taken into account. When doing so, projecting ahead, they foresee sea level rises of around a metre – which would put much of the world’s poor at direct risk and cost the world’s rich much of their wealth in protecting low lying areas. Continue reading