Paris Climate Summit: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly from the Kickoff of the Paris Climate Summit tomorrow.

The Good: Bill Gates Expected to Create Billion-Dollar Fund for Clean Energy: „Bill Gates will announce the creation of a multibillion-dollar clean energy fund on Monday at the opening of a Paris summit meeting intended to forge a global accord to cut planet-warming emissions, according to people with knowledge of the plans.“

The Bad: Top Climate Scientist Calls Obama's Climate Initiative ‘Pure Bullshit’: „The problem, as Hansen sees it, is that the pervasive optimism in the lead up to the climate talks is only so much hot air, the desired result of spinsters in Washington who are promising change while hedging their bets on ineffectual climate policies.“

The Ugly: Paris climate activists put under house arrest using emergency laws: „At least 24 climate activists have been put under house arrest by French police, accused of flouting [dt. „verspotten“] a ban on organising protests during next week’s Paris climate summit […] the warrants were issued under state of emergency laws, imposed after the terror attacks that killed 130 people earlier this month.“ (Interview mit den festgesetzten Klimaaktivisten bei der TAZ.)