[source] Nearly all the world’s glaciers are melting at an accelerated pace, study finds. The iconic Swiss glaciers and tourism highlights are expected to be vanished before 2100.
Grüezi mitenand. Switzerland, in a referendum, has rejected a law that would enable the country to achieve the objectives, as laid out in the Paris Accords, a treaty nota bene, Switzerland itself signed.
[swissinfo.ch] – Switzerland misses its emissions targets
Since 1990, Switzerland reduced its CO2-emissions with 14%, where the EU achieved 20% over the same time frame. Ironically, Switzerland and its mountain regions, suffer more than average from increased temperatures. To be fair, Switzerland has a low carbon footprint (CH-4.8, EU-8.3, D-9.1), not because of a titanic effort to curb emissions, but because it is blessed with a share of 59% hydro-power, a gift from nature and mostly implemented for reasons of economic advantage, before the climate issue became pressing. And additionally, Switzerland has 19% nuclear power, a dubious source of power. Nevertheless, the referendum outcome sets a bad example. A solution for the world’s environmental problems can only come from the rich European countries, including one of its richest, Switzerland.
From America, little can be expected, as that country is too busy trying to militarily subjugate the rest of the world, an entirely futile effort, while it is rapidly morphing into a Third World country, that eventually will blow itself up as a result of unsurmountable inter-ethnic tensions, paving the way for a return of a united Europe onto the world stage after 2030. During the rest of the 21st century, Europe (incl. Russia) and China will be vying for geopolitical pole position, just like the US and USSR did after WW2.
Regarding Switzerland (and Britain), it’s understandable to become skeptical about the wisdom of referendums on complicated issues. The lower strata of the populist-minded population in general votes for small-minded egoism, flag-waving and not-taking responsibility for international problems. The Swiss are very much like the English in this respect: geographically and historically isolated.
They both fared well in recent history, because the UK had an empire to milk and Switzerland used its isolation to offer itself as a heaven of neutrality and natural base for international organizations and even stronger: a banking system bordering on criminality, that at some point laundered 50% of the world’s criminal money.
No more. Both the UK and Switzerland are going to experience first hand what it means to maneuver yourself into isolation: no friends, no favors. In all likelihood, the UK is going to fall apart as a result of the Brexit referendum and subsequent economic devastation. Switzerland, that recently broke off negotiations over new relations with the EU, will soon find out what it means to oppose yourself against a body, 55 times your size.
[reuters.com] – Swiss reject law to help country meet Paris carbon emissions goal
[swissinfo.ch] – Volk lehnt CO2-Gesetz mit 51,6 % ab
[tagblatt.ch] – Scherbenhaufen in der Schweizer Klimapolitik: Die Mehrheit will das Klima nur schützen, wenn es nichts kostet
[dailymail.co.uk] – Irish deputy PM Leo Varadkar risks inflaming bitter Brexit row as he says unifying the island of Ireland is his ‘mission’
[telegraph.co.uk] – Lord Heseltine suggests Brexit vote allows Germany to win WW2
[bloomberg.com] – How Delusions About World War II Fed Brexit Mania