Flying under the media radar largely due to the ongoing Syrian crisis, President Obama has in the past two weeks signed on to three multinational climate agreements. Grist, the popular online environmental newsite and blog, reports that two agreements would further limit powerful greenhouse gasses under the 1987 Montreal Protocol for the phase out of CFC’s and other greenhouse gasses that also affect the Ozone layer. A third, Pacific regional agreement would set concrete goals and offer $24 million to help poor coastal communities vulnerable to sea level rise.
Meanwhile, elsewhere around the world, other countries are backing off their climate commitments. Europe seems disposed to dumping or modifying their airline tax. The Australian people elected a Conservative government, in part, based on its promise to dump its carbon tax among other costly, ineffective measures targeting climate change. Europe is slashing its green energy subsidies. Finally, the Kyoto climate change treaty’s time has passed with no back up plan to replace it.
And the world goes on its merry way continuing to confound the climate sages and their models. Despite predictions of the total loss of ice in the arctic by 2013, the arctic ice cap grew by 60 percent over the summer of 2013. And rather than increasing in frequency or power, the Atlantic Hurricane season is experiencing one of its quietest years. None of the climate models predicted either of these trends.
What to think? If you’d like to learn more about what’s going on see our new, updated version of The Global Warming Primer. It is an easy to read booklet that highlights the what is known and unknown about earth’s climate and lets the reader decide what to think. I believe anyone who reads it will find it worthwhile. In addition, we have a short video that condenses the primer to a few key points. Fun educational viewing for the entire family.