A study from the Oeschger Centre for Climate Change Research at the University of Bern warns that delaying global carbon emission reductions by even ten years will have a profound impact on the long-term.
"The results of our study underscore the urgency of action", says Thomas Stocker, co-author of the study and past Co-Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. "With every decade of delaying global emission reductions, we lose roughly 0.5°C of climate target". This means that the most ambitious targets already become unachievable within the next few years.
The agreement hashed out at the COP21 Paris climate talks "leaves a lot of leeway" for countries to postpone making critical cuts to their emission outputs—"more than the climate system allows," said report co-author Patrik Pfister.
Since policy decisions are based on money and profits above all scientists are given a back seat if any at all and the chances of really accomplishing what it takes to save Planet Earth are slim to none. The quest for wealth and "growth" via capitalist economics rules and moulds the future.