Man-made Natural Warming Global
OK KN will have to disagree on one point you raised and to clarify my point on the other.
As whole, the planet's glacial mass has increased. It has certainly shrunk in some locations, but has grown significantly in others. Is this due to global warming & climate change? Who knows as we have only had reliable photography and data in the past 20-30 years, which is no time at all to have a real idea of how much these things have changed. Whilst I wholeheartedly agree we as a race create far too much pollution, I don't know if we are solely responsible for creating a warmer atmosphere. I have followed this story fairly closely over the last several years and I have yet to see conclusive evidence from either side of the argument one way or another.
Now as far as the Paris agreement goes it is sadly misinformation that has been fed by the Trump statements and his administration. If my memory is correct on these figures published around June/July of this year, the US pledged the highest amount to the fund, of around $3bn. It has actually paid in $1bn, all before Mr Trump entered the Whitehouse, in fact, $500mil was contributed by Obama 3 days before he left office! As far as other countries contributing, Japan put in something like $750mil and the UK around $550mil. Other countries who have pledged include France ($1bn), Germany ($1bn) & Sweden. China is not contributing to this fund as it is providing significant funding into another fund that is also tackling climate change and greenhouse gases.
Per head the pledges from 3 of the nations in the Paris agreement looked something like this if memory serves: UK £15 per person, US £7 per person and Sweden £60 per person (The highest of any country in the program). As of June/July this year 190 countries had committed to the deal in an aim to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions. In total around 40 countries contributed a total of around $10bn to the fund, which way below the $100bn target set for 2020.
By pulling out of the agreement, and as the biggest member and contributor thus far, Mr Trump has sent a sad message that he is not willing to work with others in the agreement to improve the state of greenhouse gases globally. This can only be a bad thing as their inclusion in the program lent a lot of weight to it. I mean the agreement isn't dependent on any one country to achieve the goals set out, but have one of the biggest players on the world market opt out of the whole program is worrying to say the least. Contributions to the program are completely voluntary, so simply throwing the rattle out of the pram has not helped anything and was in no way necessary.
Many industry leaders in the US in fact composed an open letter to the Trump administration clearly stating how beneficial the agreement was to the US, it's economy and jobs. But sadly it was dismissed as "Misguided". Seems that even prominent business leaders are disregarded when it comes to negotiating what is best or not for the country, and the world as a whole.
I just don't see how pulling out of an agreement that 190 countries signed up to, is a good way to sell yourself and your country as being on board with the real worldwide issues of the day. But as we have seen thus far, the Trump administration has sent a very clear message, that I quoted in another thread, "Lets make America great again"... And sod the rest of you! At least that is how it sounds, seems and feels since the new government took power.
I just want an inclusive America, not an exclusive one. I am a realist at heart, with a mind that likes to dream, but accepts that those dreams are fantasies mostly. That being said, I don't see how the "World gets better" if it's leader says "I'm looking after number one and the rest of you can fend for yourselves."?
It is one of the reasons I was so shocked and disappointed that we voted to Brexit in this country last year. I may yet be proved wrong, but the pain & suffering that will be caused over the next 10+ years will be heavy.
Edited: Glarion on 1st Sep, 2017 - 3:06pm