Thank heavens for global warming say some who have organised summer events this year in the UK. Just imagine how cold it could have been without global warming.
Meanwhile, on the other side of the Atantic at Rio the nation states assembled agreed to disagree. In “The Future We Want”, the “outcome document” for the summit there was much exhortation but little by way of new targets and firm global pledges. The words urge governments to develop the green economy, to promote corporate sustainability reporting, to go “beyond GDP to assess the wellbeing of a country” and to tackle “sustainable consumption and production”.
As the Eurozone economy teeters dangerously, with more threats to the EU banking system identified by its regulators, Rio took second place in the minds of many in both the media and governments.