Updated: Dec 1, 2020
Two degrees may sound like a small amount, but it's unusual in our planet's recent history
Make no mistake, gas is a fossil fuel. It emits black carbon into the atmosphere which contributes to global warming and thus, the climate change which is constantly in the news these days. Gas is still the life's blood of the world economy, however very powerful politicians in progressive countries around the world want to ban it entirely. Without gas what's the world to do?
But such is the rush to jump on the green bandwagon that developed nations run the risk of believing that what they are doing is enough to solve the worlds green house gas problem. Some believe that unless we over-promote the actions we are taking to reduce emissions, others will simply fail to do enough in order to have the desired effect.
Others prefer to be totally open and up-front with its customers. Yes, there is concrete evidence that continuing to use fossil fuels in the way we have done is not a long-term option. However, standards of supply conditions don't change overnight, and for the foreseeable future, we will be dependent on fossil fuels to power businesses and households.
For example, millions of Indian commuters are ecstatic about the prospect of being able to drive the simplest of cars which will shortly become available at an affordable price from multinational giant, Tata. These are expected to provide additional safety and comfort for the millions who have until now depended on the basic moped to travel to work and carry their children in roads often flooded by the heavy monsoon rains.
But some believe that German Chancellor Angela Merkel may have thrown them a lifeline by suggesting that a per-capita emissions quota be considered when it comes to fair burden sharing between developed and developing countries in the future. If this approach was universally adopted, it could allow representatives of the industrialized world to finally realize that getting agreements from developing nations on climate change will require far more of the same diplomacy?
With hope of preserving the ozone layer whilst enabling such a developing nation to show its potential; it is therefore much better to advise them on how to use these new vehicles most economically to avoid wastage and promote the conservation of fuel; an initiative that has just recently been announced in the UK with regard to our own vehicle use.
A recent climate conference held in Berlin highlighted some of these problems being encountered between developed and developing nations. During the conference, German Environment Minister Sigmar Gabriel emphasized the need to accelerate the marketing and spread of climate-friendly technologies and that the UN Climate conference in Bali this December as would provide an ideal forum for talks on a new climate agreement post-2012 when the Kyoto arrangement expires.