Perhaps you have heard that delegates from around the world have gathered in Doha to discuss what to do about the climate problem. Perhaps you hope that something worthwhile will come out of the negotiations.
While I certainly do hope that something worthwhile is achieved by the delegates at Doha, I can’t seem to garner much interest in the efforts of the United Nations to deal with climate change.
Maybe it is the optics of holding talks on climate change in the country with the highest, by far, GHG emissions per captia.
Maybe it is the fact that even at this early stage in the negotiations there are already calls to delay any serious attempts to reduce emissions until next year’s meeting.
Or maybe it is the fact that after 18 of these yearly gatherings put on by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change the prospects for an outcome that might effectively address the problem seems as far away as ever.
Or am I missing something. Is my pessimism and lack of interest unjustified? I would like that to be true. I just cannot convince my self that it is.