Destructive effects on the climate — of the 2013 un framework convention on climate change

2014.02.20

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of the Parties (COP19) was held on 11–23 November 2013. Poland’s capital, Warsaw hosted the COP19 event that eventually lasted 13 days, instead of the originally envisioned 12 days. The main venue of the COP19 Warsaw Conference was the Warsaw National Stadium (the Stadium is more than 7,000m2 and was turned into a temporary Conference Centre). The main aims of the COP19 were well-publicized: to reduce by a specific, measurable extent national Climate Policy conflicts of interest — between developing and developed countries — and to prepare a new global Climate Agreement; envisaged for 2015. Unfortunately, contrary to worldwide expectations, COP19 did not attain substantial results in combating the global Climate Crisis.
Although there was some progress made in the area of better defining the Framework for the Climate Change Agreement (CCA) — certain countries viz., China, India, and the United States were still not willing to reduce their CO2 emissions. Furthermore, Japan announced that the country’s CO2 emissions would increase due to the 2011 Nuclear Disaster at the Fukushima complex. Disagreement emerged between developed countries and developing countries on the scheduling of Climate Aid Payments (CAP; USD $100bn) to be granted to developing countries. At the conclusion of the COP19; no agreement was reached on the subject of CAP scheduling.
Another circumstance that showed COP19 in a bad light was the fact that the Polish capital co-hosted an event — for the largest coalmining firms at the World Coal Association Conference — alongside the UNFCCC COP19 Conference.
Successes and failures could be discussed at length since the nearly two-week long Conference raised a number of new issues to be addressed and tasks to be tackled, until the subsequent COP20. One of the most important and vital tasks, for example, is to find ways to convince extensively growing economies (Mongolia, Brazil, China) to try and reduce national greenhouse gas emissions (GGE) while developing national economies (this in operational terms means keeping new expanding, developing country economies’ GGE levels; below the levels developed countries have historically produced during industrial development). For example, Mongolia has (by certain measures) been regarded as the world’s fastest-growing economy since 2012, but this growth has been made in the main by the sale of natural resources to China. Mongolia’s economic growth has resulted in pollution, economic inequalities, and an urban poverty problem — as communities once happily nomadic for centuries have now been unhappily compressed into the new booming cities.

The COP19 has been evaluated from many different aspects; with both negative and positive criticism on the progress achieved. What has not been reported in the media, however, is the amount of GGE, or indeed the carbon footprint of the COP19 event itself! A Conference intended to halt Climate Change, or at the very least to produce effective solutions to slow Climate Change down.
We were able to estimate the carbon footprint of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference (COP19) by using the existing statistical data. The authenticity of our calculations is independently guaranteed by the fact that we used the Carbon Footprint Calculator developed by Carbon Solutions Global Ltd.

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