The Copenhagen climate negotiations begins today in the 15th United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change where 192 countries will try to hammer into place the framework of a tougher climate deal including curbs on greenhouse gas emissions and raise funds for the needful nations in aid and clean technology. Specifically they will discuss how to prevent global temperatures from increasing more than 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial levels.
I was in Manado, Indonesia in May this year for the World Ocean Conference where policy makers and scientists discussed the role of oceans in mitigating climate change and how climate change affects the world’s seas. Here’s the Manado Ocean Declaration. Despite the protestations of the lunatic fringe, the science and the evidence is there. One of the worst scenarios, as presented by one of the speakers, sees a rise in 6 inches in sea level by 2015. Holy crap, at that height during storm surges (typically Christmas time in Kota Kinabalu), Likas Bay will be lapping my doorsteps at Inanam, and the KK Mayor have to look for a new Gaya Street Sunday Fair venue.
Closer to home, I once asked a senior MOSTI (the Ministry who is supposedly in charge of climate change issues) official about what Malaysia is going about global warming by way of long-term policies and plans, and the answer was basically, “We are thinking about it.”