If global agreement on addressing climate change cannot be achieved, how can we possibly expect any global consensus on "technomanagement" of the atmosphere where the risks of serious negative consequences are so grave?
There is already ample evidence that humanity isn't acting quickly enough to address climate change. The need for greater action in 2015 is obvious. And there are plenty of reasons to believe that countries can get their act together by then.
The 195 governments represented in Warsaw appear to be wearing their own ideological blinders, placing the planet and future generations in very real peril. National self-interest, it seems, outweighs global necessity.
In what should be another colossal embarrassment for the United States -- recently leaked internal documents show how little our government is prepared to take responsibility for the damage done by climate change.
The first week of any of the UNFCCC's Conference of the Parties (COP, for sure) is always a whirlwind, as delegates, campaigners, and media alike shake off their jet lag and try to find their way around a new, always-perplexing venue.
I'm not asking Obama to be as brave as the Arctic 30. But if Obama had truly internalized what he says in his climate speeches, I believe he would be activist about his legal abilities to do something about it.
Getting this right can help companies provide proactive, constructive business input in order to help governments create effective climate policies. Businesses worldwide urgently need to play such as a role because getting this wrong is not conceivable.
NGOs across the country have been vocal about their disappointment in the Australian government. Yet, given Australia's reluctance to be ambitious at previous negotiations, the real question is - will we even be missed?
The timing is tragically ironic. As Super Typhoon Haiyan smashes into the Philippines, negotiators from around the world are beginning to arrive in Warsaw, Poland for the latest installment of the United Nations Climate Talks.
Days before world leaders meet in Warsaw, Poland, for the latest United Nations Climate Change Conference, a new report warns that the opportunity to limit global temperature increases to 2 degrees Celsius compared with preindustrial levels is diminishing.