Interview: German expert sees little substantive progress in anti-climate change drive until 2015 - NZweek
“It’s the fate of the world that is at stake and people are playing these games,” he said. “I’m deeply concerned that without these additional pushes, we may be just filibustering about the climate.”
Schellnhuber, who is also the chief advisor to German Chancellor Angela Merkel on climate change, noted the possible threats that climate change may pose. “It’s not just the melting Arctic sea that will create different routes for ships, it is simply the fear of a destabilized developing world. Terrorism is seeping across all borders and the same can be true if there is environmental destruction, people migrating in millions.”
Schellnhuber underscored the critical importance of the issue. “All of our investment into development may be at stake. Because before people thought it was either development or climate protection, and now they feel there is no development in a world that slips into climate chaos.”
“In arid countries where you have very little precipitation trends and you have even less in the future and you simply cannot make a living anymore,” he said.
For example, “solar energy has become so cheap, if you put it on your roof you can produce your own electricity much cheaper than taking it form the grid,” he said.