The world leaders are hammering out the details for what the world should do to prevent a 2 degree Celsius warming this century, which many climate scientists fear would trigger an apocalyptic event for the world. Pope Francis had earlier warned that the time to act is now, and every political leader present is staking a large amount of their legacy on clinching this critical deal.
At the same time, however, the carbon-intensive development needs of India and other rising economic powers are a complication that can’t simply be overlooked.
Paris climate summit proved to be of double significance as it started less than three weeks after November 13 terrorist attacks seen as French 9/11 and just a week after the incident with Russian SU 24 bomber, downed by Turkey. Therefore, meetings on the sidelines of the conference where equally important. Russia’s President Vladimir Putin who saw face to face with President Obama and Israeli Prime-Minister Benjamin Netanyahu not responded to the proposal of a meeting, made by Turkish President Erdogan.
Sergei Utkin, Head of Department of Strategic Assessment, Centre for Situation Analysis, Russian Academy of Sciences (studio guest); Delphine Gibassier, Carbon Accounting Expert, Professor of Management Control and Environmental Management Control (Toulouse Business School, France); and Manish Chand, CEO & Editor-in-Chief, India Writes Network, joined us to share their views.