Most major powers - the top 10 on the economic scale - are not truly serious about global warming. The USA has consistently failed to ratify the Kyoto agreement for example with regards to reducing greenhouse gases. This is a disastrous position to take as a leading member of the UN. The only other countries not to ratify? Afghanistan, South Sudan and Andorra!! Why don't the USA ratify and take the lead in reducing these gases?
One guess. Corporate America won't allow it. They have too much to lose profit-wise and the politicians hands are tied. Shocking.
Whilst many countries do recognise the effects of global warming and have put in place measures to counteract production of these gases emissions are still rising. The burning of wood, coal, oil and natural gas won't stop within a life span so expect the rise to continue.
The only way things are going to change for the better is if:
a) billions of dollars are spent developing carbon capture technologies and investing in sustainable energy projects over the next generation.
b) Mother Nature decides enough is enough and goes to war with humankind.
You can bet your last penny that if Nature started to seriously undermine the profits of big business, governments would be running around like mad people throwing money at a) and telling us all to change our lifestyles, from that of the sleepwalking consumer to that of the happy Zen poet, content with next to nothing.
In the meantime Mother Nature gives not a fig. She'll react in her own spectacular way until something gets done and we find an alternative to fossil fuels.