A second picture of the results of Katrina as seen this July in New Orleans. If you can’t go back to live in your house, you can at least tell your friends you’re OK. Please note also the words on the door, ”You loot u die”. I think it is a fitting illustration to a serious topic.
This is a continuation of a proposed contribution to the on-going Climate change consultation of the EU Commission. Check the questionnaire at: http://ec.europa.eu/yourvoice/ipm/forms/dispatch?form=climatepost2012
The second question is: What should be the criteria for allocating emission reduction efforts between developed countries, considering the need to ensure the ”comparability of efforts” as agreed in Bali?
A: In order to solve the Climate change problem, the burden should be shared equally between human beings at global level. The commitment must aim at a situation where no country emits more than the permissible global average per person. If this situation cannot be reached in the short or medium-term, a long-term goal must be set, with intermediate goals for instance at 2050. This is the best way to ensure the comparability of efforts. The efforts should be much bigger for those that currently emit much.
I don’t think, that the development of sinks should enter such a discussion. The sinks may develop without much effort by the people. If we let sinks enter the discussion, this may lead to less ambtious efforts in other countries. That is a major threat. Some countries will inevitably fail to reach their goals. Therefore the sinks will anyway play an important role in solving the problems.
However, there may be good reason to let rich countries pay for the reduction of climate gases from developing countries. If so, a mechanism will be needed for the rich countries to benefit from combatting climate change in the developing world.
My answer to the first question is at http://evolveu.bloggsida.se/miljoinnovationer/how-to-combat-climate-change .