Lacking a Carbon Budget for Emissions

Why can’t we come up with a carbon budget for emissions? The Times article is quite clear even if it does not say so…we lack global leadership at virtually all levels.

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This is not a knock on our leaders (well maybe a slight one)..just a nod to the reality of politics….

What I find most interesting is the insistence that those countries that are trying to raise their economic standards are sold on the idea that they need centralized power and polluting industries to get there. Some companies (such as Hermann Miller in the US) have shown that they can make high quality products using renewable power.

In another thought, wouldn’t countries be less susceptible to disruptions with a decentralized power system that relies on small scale power generation scaled to the size of a community? Why do we always lend money for the big projects…like power lines and plants…(see the picture of a power line destroyed in the Ukraine)…and weak power distribution cyber security….and limit our investment in decentralized systems that don’t rely on fossil fuels?

Just a thought…

Read the full article:
Paris Climate Talks Avoid Scientists’ Idea of ‘Carbon Budget’
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