In the run up to the next round of inter-governmental talks on Climate Change which start on Monday in Cancun Mexico, it’s interesting to note the somewhat muted media coverage compared to that which surrounded the Copenhagen Summit last year.

Just as the calendar has rolled calmly on another 12 months, so it seems has the relentless increase in the concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere pushing up now to almost 390 parts per million as measured by the US Government’s National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration

Even the recent recession seems to have provided less that the expected dip in carbon emissions.  The Independent reported this week that “Scientists have revised their figures on global CO2 emissions, showing that levels fell by just 1.3 per cent in 2009 – less than half of what was expected. This year they are likely to increase by more than 3 per cent, greater than the average annual increase for the last decade.”

Following years of 2°C of warming being described as the threshold which must not be passed, increasingly 3°C of warming is now being talked about as inevitable.  The Economist this week concludes that “Even if the currently moderate pace of emissions reduction steps up, the likelihood is that the Earth will be at least 3°C warmer at the end of this century than it was at the start of the industrial revolution; less warming is possible, but so is more, and quicker.”

That’s why Capgemini together with 1,000 other business have signed up to the Cancun Communiqué calling on governments to make a firm and decisive agreement next week. 

The Communiqué concludes “We are committed to working in partnership with governments to achieve our joint climate objectives. For us the risk of inaction on climate change is far greater than the cost of investing today.”

26th November 2010