The world’s average surface temperature is set to reach one degree Celsius higher than pre-industrial levels, the Met Office predicted this week.
Part of the effect is due to El Nino weather patterns this year. But it’s also confirmation that global warming is in full swing.
It’s already brought chaotic weather, extinctions, and begun to break up ice sheets that could one day flood dozens of major cities.
International negotiations aimed at limiting warming below two degrees have been a farce—one that looks set to continue in Paris from the end of this month.
Politicians have failed to confront big business. So they have agreed only to move deckchairs around the Titanic.
There is an alternative, as underlined in the US last week when president Barack Obama finally dropped plans for the Keystone oil pipeline.
It is in large part a victory for half a decade of campaigning, including mass protests and civil disobedience.
On a smaller scale, hard fought local victories against fracking in Britain make the same point.
That’s why Socialist Worker wants to see huge turnouts at the protests during the Paris summit—in London, Glasgow, Cardiff and around the world.
We can stop catastrophic climate change if we fight the firms, the governments and the system that cause it.