The previous climate extravaganza in 2009 was a failure, compared to its lofty expectations. A late intervention by the U.S. President and the Heads of China, Brazil, India and South Africa produced a last minute statement which was promoted as a success. The Paris CoP will be viewed by many as humankind’s last chance to make the cuts to CO2 needed to prevent a climate catastrophe. David Runnalls proposes that will not happen, and asks if Paris can be a success despite the unwillingness of governments to face up to the reality described by the scientists?
David Runnalls is a distinguished fellow and was formerly acting director of the Environment and Energy Program at CIGI.