Michael Krueger at German skeptic site Science Skeptical here writes that in 2015 global CO2 emissions reached another new all-time record high, despite all the elaborate climate conferences and hundreds of billions of dollars invested in curbing global “greenhouse gases”.
Krueger asks: What have all the climate conferences brought us since the first UN conference took place in Berlin in 1995?
Over the past 20 years global fossil fuel CO2 emissions have skyrocketed some 50%, from 22.2 billion tonnes per year to 33.5 billion tonnes in 2015. The 2015 figure was a new record high, defying the prognoses of experts who had expected to see a trend reversal by now. See the following charts:
Chronology of UN climate conferences
1 1995: Berlin (COP 1)
2 1996: Geneva (COP 2)
3 2005: Montreal (COP 11/CMP 1)
4 2006 Nairobi (COP 12/CMP 2)
5 2007: Bali (COP 13/CMP 3)
6 2008: Posen
7 2009: Copenhagen
8 2010: Cancún
9 2011: Durban
10 2012: Doha
11 2013: Warsaw
12 2014: Lima
13 2015: Paris
14 2016: Marrakesh
13 UN climate conferences have not led to any reduction in CO2 emissions. The reductions achieved by Russia and Europe were more than completely eliminated by China and India alone – never mind the other developing countries.
Krueger asks: What about Germany?
He writes that Germany recently signed on to the Paris Agreement with not a single Parliamentarian voting against it. This means that Germany commits itself to reduce its CO2 emissions by 95% by 2050 (compared to 1990 levels). However, Germany has not cut its CO2 emissions at all over the past 7 years, despite the last 3 winters being mild ones.
Krueger sums up:
Despite Germany accounts for only 3% of the world’s CO2 emissions, and has not had any reduction in CO2 emissions since 2009, a reduction of a few percent by Germany will mean very little.”