Something for Everyone in COP21, But Is It Enough?
December 14, 2015
There’s some dissonance between responses from the media and the scientific community in the latest international attempt to contain climate change. On one hand, the media response to the Paris UN Conference on Climate Change (COP 21) has been remarkably positive. One might even conclude that Earth has already won, and the potentially disastrous consequences of climate change are no longer a threat – such is the power of the United Nations. Then James Hansen, former NASA scientist and the media-branded “father of climate change awareness,” out and calls the whole process “bullshit” in an interview and the party falls silent.
Who should we believe? The truth is probably somewhere in the middle, right where the slippery intrigue of politics crashes up against the blunt peril of a supercomputer climate model.