“The time has come to be respectful with time.” The board reads in front of me as I wait for a meeting to start (delayed I might add). The time has come to be respectful not just of session time, but climate time. Climate change is no longer a future prediction, the climate has already begun to change. The World Meteorological Organization just released a report, based on temperatures from the past ten months, that shows that 2014 will be one of the hottest years on record —likely the hottest. Every year since 2000 has been one of the hottest 15 on record. As we listen to Parties debate the semantics of decisions, it is important to keep the reality of the consequences in mind. The world has already begun to feel the effects of anthropogenic changes, and this is only increasing.
(The WMO is an active participant at the COP here in Lima, and a number of its activities and recommendations can be found on the WMO website.)