This year winter is incumen in Freiburg early. The climate experts are back from the United Nations Climate Change Conference 2012 in Doha, Katar disappointed and warning, but who shivering with cold will believe in their global warning of a global warming?
|Mean temperatures in oC at Ebringen near Freiburg from 1983 to 2011 and trendline|
|Yearly precipitation in liters per m2 at Ebringen from 1986 to 2011 and trendline|
|Graphic presentation Badische Zeitung|
Trinidad and Tombago even are worse examples. With daily temperatures around 30 oC they possibly use much air conditioning. Unlike most of the other Caribbean islands, both Trinidad and Tobago have frequently escaped the wrath of major devastating hurricanes, including Hurricane Ivan, the most powerful storm to pass close to the islands in recent history, in September 2004 (Wikipedia). So how will the people react when one day they will experience a full discharge of the usually laden atmosphere in the Caribbic?
Some delegates at the Doha conference implored what is known as The Common Vision of a maximum carbon dioxide emission being reached in 2015. In the following years emissions should and must decrease for otherwise the target figure limiting the global temperature rise to 2 oC in this century will be missed.
Katar, Saudi Arabia, Bahrein, and United Arab Emirates said they will announce measures protecting the climate soon but added that this is in contradiction to national goals in view of their dependence on oil and gas production. Eventually only the Dominican Republic, Libanon and Monaco presented target figures for limiting their CO2 emissions while other countries did not move. However, at the end the fed-up chairman Abdullah bin Hamad All-Attiya swung down his gavel closing the final session of the conference thus forcing the participants into a prolongation of the Kyoto Protocol.
|Germany's environmental minister Peter Altmaier (the well-built guy) |
in discussion with chairman Abdullah bin Hamad All-Attiya (dpa)