Yes friends, the Paris Climate summit came to the predictable conclusion on Sunday, with much triumphant tub-thumping from the podium and much heartfelt weeping from the floor (at least I think it was a pool of tears on the floor). Immediate green reactions were close to ecstatic - you see, we knew we could do it ... and now, three days on, they've noticed that *ahem* the Paris Agreement contains two-tenths of bugger-all.
As I trawled page after online page of wailing and gnashing of teeth ... well, you'd need a heart of stone etc etc. But fellahs, it was always going to be an empty Agreement! If it wasn't empty, it wouldn't have been agreed. As predicted, George Osborne won't need to trouble himself with any commitments we can't comfortably achieve. Or indeed any at all, it seems.
Anyhow, as part of the usual service to readers I have read the turgid Paris Agreement from end to end, and thought you might like to share these gems:
Parties should, when taking action to address climate change, respect, promote and consider their respective obligations on human rights, the right to health, the rights of indigenous peoples, local communities, migrants, children, persons with disabilities and people in vulnerable situations and the right to development, as well as gender equality, empowerment of women and intergenerational equity(What about transgender, eh ? Presumably the African delegations had a red line on that one.)
Parties acknowledge that adaptation action should follow a country-driven, gender-responsive, participatory and fully transparent approach, taking into consideration vulnerable groups, communities and ecosystems, and should be based on and guided by the best available science and, as appropriate, traditional knowledge, knowledge of indigenous peoples and local knowledge systems, with a view to integrating adaptation into relevant socioeconomic and environmental policies and actions, where appropriateI really like the sound of "best available science and traditional knowledge ..." Including Aristotelian physics, perhaps, and a bit of voodoo? Well why not indeed? As appropriate!