‘LIMA, Peru (AP) — International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde said Wednesday that failure to take urgent action on global warming will condemn humanity to the same fate as the Peruvian poultry that so many delegates to the group’s annual meeting are enjoying this week in a country famed for its cuisine.’
‘A warmer atmosphere is capable of holding more water vapor – and thus, more rain (or snow, for that matter) is expected in the most extreme precipitation events. And that’s just what has been happening in the United States, according to the 2014 National Climate Assessment.’
‘Thus, you can certainly say for the South Carolina floods – as you can for the 2013 Boulder, Colo., floods, and the Texas and Oklahoma floods this year – that they are consistent with what we would expect in a warming world.’
‘Leaders have acknowledged that in their quest to get all countries on board to cutting carbon, the Paris architecture has a built-in downside: Commitments are voluntary and based not on science but on what countries feel they can reasonably offer. The collective targets won’t keep temperatures below the 2-degree-Celsius “guardrail,” but diplomats say they hope the deal will create a strong system that encourages a routine ratcheting up of ambition.’
‘Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday signed a pared-down climate change measure that will increase renewable energy generation and make buildings more energy efficient.’
‘With both China and India having just announced major plans to curb their carbon emissions, the sound you hear is a tipping point tipping. Heading into the United Nations climate summit meeting in Paris in December, all the world’s largest industrial economies are now taking climate change more seriously. This includes the United States — except for some of the knuckleheads running to be our next president, which is not a small problem.’
Summary: RER line B train, get off at “Le Bourget” station (or Metro Line 7, get off at “Fort d’Aubervilliers” station) and take the free shuttle from there to the site.
From the COP21 FAQ:
How does one get to the Paris-Le Bourget site?
To travel from Paris to Le Bourget, you are strongly advised to use public transport serving the site.
You can take the northbound regional express railway (RER) line B train (in the direction of Charles de Gaulle Airport – Mitry Claye) and get off at the “Le Bourget” station. Exceptionally, throughout the COP21 Conference, all trains will stop at the Le Bourget station. A special shuttle bus will take you from there to the COP21 site.
You can also take Metro line 7 to the “Fort d’Aubervilliers” station. You can also take a special shuttle bus from there to the conference site.
The Paris-Le Bourget site can also be accessed by regular bus routes:
- bus 152 departing from Metro line 7 at the Porte de la Villette – get off at the “Parc des expositions du Bourget” stop;
- bus 350 departing from the Gare de l’Est, the Gare du Nord or the Porte de la Chapelle (Metro line 12) – get off at the “Parc des expositions du Bourget” stop;
There will be a special bus link operating 24 hours a day from the Roissy-Charles-de-Gaulle hotel zone to the conference site.
Lastly, several special bus links will run at night only from the conference site to the principal hotel zones in Paris.
The Paris-Le Bourget site can be accessed by car on the A86, A1 and A3 motorways, but you may not be able to park and the very dense traffic on these roads makes this a very unreliable method of transport.
India’s first step towards climate solution is good, but it has miles to go on a complex road – The Economic TimesOctober 5th, 2015
‘…India is the world’s third largest greenhouse gas emitter after the US and China, and its green commitment is encouraging. Its promise to source 40 per cent of its electricity from non-fossil sources by 2030 includes 175 GW of renewables, the largest target in the world today.’
‘Does anyone remember the Cheney energy task force? Early in the George W. Bush administration, Vice President Dick Cheney released a report that was widely derided as a document written by and for Big Energy — because it was.’
‘India’s INDC builds on its goal of installing 175 gigawatts of renewable energy capacity by 2022 by setting a new target to increase its share of non-fossil based energy from 30 percent today to about 40 percent by 2030.’
‘A new draft of the potential global agreement on climate change, to be negotiated this December in Paris, has been published by the United Nations.’