Academic rigour and Journalistic flair: Yeah Right

A website with a byline claiming “Academic rigour, journalistic flair” has just solved the North Korean problem.

[…]Tackling climate change could bring North and South Korea closer and help stabilise the region[…]
[…]The Paris Agreement, signed in 2015 requires every country to make pledges to tackle climate change. North Korea is no exception.

Given that air pollution doesn’t recognise borders, there are already several emissions-reduction projects underway that will require cooperation between Asian nations.

To meet its obligations, South Korea has pledged to buy emissions credits on the international market, offsetting 11.3% of its business-as-usual emissions in 2030. That is 96.1 million tonnes of carbon dioxide-equivalent emissions – already more than North Korea’s total greenhouse gas emissions in 2013 (78 million tonnes).

Because North Korea has its own obligations now, foreign countries including South Korea can no longer earn carbon credits from their carbon-offsetting projects in the country.

But if South Korea provides technical assistance such as satellite monitoring of North Korea’s reforestation progression and then can obtain the country’s “informed consent”, a mutual effort to generate carbon credits could be discussed.[…]

The murderous Kim regime, which has already killed millions of North Koreans through bureaucratic incompetence is highly unlikely to care about the environment or climate change.

It appears Kim would not care how many more might be killed outside his borders either.  After all, he announced his intention to detonate a nuclear bomb over the Pacific and anyone unlucky enough killed directly in the blast radius or poisoned later from the fallout is going to have considerably more to worry about than climate change/sea level rise/ocean acidification/polar bears or whatever the crisis du jour is.

But so long as South Korea provides some satellite monitoring of Kim’s carbon credit efforts then peace and happiness will ensue.

I am SO relieved …

 

-theconversation.com


 

This post was written by Intern Staff


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