Lima Climate Deal

A few early thoughts on today’s’ deal on Climate change at the UN talks in Lima with some initial thoughts inserted.

According to sources the highlights are

The agreed document calls for:

  • An “ambitious agreement” in 2015 that reflects “differentiated responsibilities and respective capabilities” of each nation
  • Meaningless gibberish – all this means is the the protagonists next year will be able to argue over interpretation and thereby stall any progress.
  • Developed countries to provide financial support to “vulnerable” developing nations
  • Who, how, where, what, and when? Hopeless.
  • National pledges to be submitted by the first quarter of 2015 by those states “ready to do so”
  • In other words those that don’t want to don’t have to
  • Countries to set targets that go beyond their “current undertaking”
  • Adding a little more to bugger all is still bugger all
  • The UN climate change body to report back on the national pledges in November 2015
  • This’ll be fun (note the hint of sarcasm).

And I thought the Smith Commission Report was poor – in comparison to this – the SCR is a triumph of  hope over adversity.


My work background is in operational meteorology and in my career I have been involved in forecasting for everything from bananas to jumbo jets.I joined the Met Office 1974 as an observer at Glasgow Airport. After training as a forecaster, I worked as an Operational aviation forecaster at various defence sites and airports. In 1982, I moved to Glasgow Weather Centre as a forecaster and STV broadcaster till 1988. He then took up a post as Senior Forecaster London Weather Centre, then Senior Forecaster ITV where I qualified as a trainer in presentation techniques for the ITV Association. After being diagnosed with MS, he moved into management and became Head of London Weather Centre in 1997 followed by a period of front-line management for Southern England and Europe covering London and Cardiff Weather Centres and the Met Offices on defence stations from Akrotiri in Cyprus to St Mawgan in Cornwall. He took up the post of Met Office Chief Advisor for Scotland & Northern Ireland in March 2008 and moved to Edinburgh. I retired in September 2014. My one claim to fame is once performed a comedy sketch on TV with Manuel (Andrew Sachs) from Fawlty Towers in support of Comic Relief.

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