Irish Times View on the Dublin Climate Dialogues: Seeing the bigger picture
Left unaddressed, stranded fossil fuel assets will become a colossal headache
Students take part in the School Strike 4 Life protest in Sydney, Australia, on Friday. Photograph: Joel Carrett/ EPA
In the latest report card on global progress in addressing the deadly combination of a climate crisis and a related biodiversity crisis, the science does not lie.
As US climate envoy John Kerry told Dublin Climate Dialogues this week, we are simply not doing enough to counter their worsening effects. Current delivery on emissions reduction, and on weaning off fossil fuels while scaling up renewable energy, will translate into a 3.7-degree increase this century – far off the critical Paris Agreement target of 1.5 degrees above pre-industrial levels. What is it about a planet close to the abyss that people do not get?