A media report has it that President Obama will, in effect, self-ratify the Paris climate accord in advance of Sunday's opening of the Group of 20 summit in Hangzhou, Zhejiang.And so on - the argument is about whether Obama has the authority to make an "executive agreement" (answer: he does).
But what's just so interesting about this whole editorial is the absence of any climate skepticism on the part of the editorial board. They just keep trying to assert that this executive agreement isn't an executive agreement and that it it, in fact, a treaty. (Except it isn't - and such agreements have been legally recognized for decades.)
Perhaps their welcome lack of climate skepticism is just an oversight on their part.
Or perhaps they're finally accepting reality of our new warmer climate:
The planet is warming at a pace not experienced within the past 1,000 years, at least, making it “very unlikely” that the world will stay within a crucial temperature limit agreed by nations just last year, according to Nasa’s top climate scientist.Though I suspect that, within a week or so, we'll learn that it was an oversight on their part.
This year has already seen scorching heat around the world, with the average global temperature peaking at 1.38C above levels experienced in the 19th century, perilously close to the 1.5C limit agreed in the landmark Paris climate accord. July was the warmest month since modern record keeping began in 1880, with each month since October 2015 setting a new high mark for heat.