Don’t worry, world: We’ve got this

According to the latest doom and gloom predictions from our overlords in the IPCC, we have only days, weeks, years to save the planet.? The evil carbon has to go by 2055 (or 2040).

From that graph, it seems an eminently achievable target. (/sarc)

However, there are some disobedient dudes out there:

1) Australia Quote.

Australia has rejected a call by scientists to phase out coal use by 2050 to prevent the world overshooting targets in the Paris Climate Change agreement with potentially disastrous consequences.

The world?s biggest coal exporter on Tuesday said it would be ?irresponsible? to comply with the recommendation by the UN?s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to stop using coal to generate electricity. End of quote.

2) Japan Quote.

Japan?s ambassador to Australia has confirmed Tokyo will defy calls by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change to phase out coal by mid-century as part of a scientific appeal to limit global temperature increases to 1.5C.

Sumio Kusaka told The Australian that Japan would consider ?all practical ways to further advance decarbonisation? but would need to bolster coal supply in the ?immediate future. He said Japanese plans to ?reduce reliance on fossil fuels in line with its international commitments would see a greater focus on nuclear energy, a form of power prohibited in Australia since 1998.

Mr Kusaka said Tokyo would continue to buy coal from Australia to secure its energy needs into the future. Japan was the largest importer of Australian thermal coal last year. End of quote.

3) China? Quote.

SHANGHAI (Reuters) ? China will speed up efforts to ensure its wind and solar power sectors can compete without subsidies and achieve ?grid price parity? with traditional energy sources like coal, according to new draft guidelines issued by the energy regulator.

As it tries to ease its dependence on polluting fossil fuels, China has encouraged renewable manufacturers and developers to drive down costs through technological innovations and economies of scale.

The country aims to phase out power generation subsidies, which have become an increasing burden on the state.

China?s solar sector is still reeling from a decision to cut subsidies and cap new capacity at 30 gigawatts (GW) this year, down from a record 53 GW in 2017, with the government concerned about overcapacity and a growing subsidy backlog. End of quote.

4) Germany Quote.

BERLIN (Reuters) ? German Chancellor Angela Merkel, campaigning for her Christian Democrats (CDU) to retain control of the crucial state of Hesse in next Sunday?s election, promised legislation to ward off the threat of air pollution leading to driving bans.

Speaking at a news conference on Sunday evening, Merkel said it would be disproportionate to ban dirty diesel cars from the road in places like Frankfurt, Hesse?s largest city, where nitrogen emissions limits were only marginally exceeded. End of quote.

5) USA

As we all know, President Trump told the IPCC where they could park their Paris Accord and he wasn’t talking about leaving a Honda on the?Champs-?lys?es.

6) India Quote.

The world?s largest coal-plant developer, however, is India?s National Thermal Power Corporation, which plans to build over 38 gigawatts of new coal capacity in India and Bangladesh. India?s state-run power utility plans to invest $10 billion in new coal-fired power stations over the next five years. End of quote.


Who needed to step up to the mark, take one for the team and lead the world out of this crisis?? Good ol’ New Zealand.

James put on his big boy pants and stepped forward, supported, as is his way, by two women, Ardern and Woods, and set out to save the world.

Always punching above our weight we are told; in this case, our weight is 0.11% of the total worldwide CO2 emissions and we are going to remove every last molecule, thus saving the planet.

Well done us!

This may well be prophetic. Stock up on candles while you can.