I realise Marc Hudson has already posted this on his site, but I thought I would also post it here. It’s a video of Marc interviewing Kevin Anderson about the Paris agreement. I think the video is a touch too long, but it’s still very interesting. He points out that the strong agreement that was reached sends a very clear message to the “skeptic” community; every world leader thinks climate change is important. I might nuance this slightly, as it’s not so much that it sends a very clear message to the “skeptic” community; it sends a very clear messsage about the “skeptic” community. I doubt that this will get the more vocal “Skeptics” to rethink their position, but I suspect that it will marginalise them more and more.
Kevin also explains, very clearly, the idea behind Bio-energy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS). Essentially, rather than aiming to do more now, we’re relying on as yet undeveloped technology which may need to operate at quite a remarkable scale. Additionally, we’re hoping that potential carbon cycle feedbacks (that would further amplify the warming) don’t also start to operate. The Paris agreement also largely ignored some big emitters, such as shipping and aviation. So, even though the message was very positive, the actual details leave a lot to be desired.