But the deal reached goes further than any before it, in no small part because scientists have made clear that without a significant and sustained effort to lower greenhouse gas emissions, the world is poised to embark upon an era of catastrophic consequences. If the signatories all follow through on their promises and return in 2023 with even stronger emissions targets, it is still possible that mankind could spare itself the worst effects of climate change.
In a blunt admission after two days of preliminary talks at the G20 meeting of world leaders, the prime minister conceded little progress had been made – and the conference is not on track to achieve a deal that keeps the goal alive. He put the chances of success as “six out of 10”.
“Currently, let’s be in no doubt, we are not going to hit it and we have to be honest with ourselves,” he said. The commitments being made so far were a “drop in the rapidly warming ocean”.
President Biden on Sunday placed blame on Russia and China for a lack of momentum by the world’s most powerful nations in the fight to combat climate change as he marked the end of the Group of 20 conference in Rome ahead of a crucial summit on climate change in Glasgow, Scotland.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison opposed the deadline to phase out coal as well as a call to speed up cuts to methane emissions by 2030, a proposal the government believed would impose high costs on dairy and cattle farmers.
United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres admitted the failure to agree on more ambitious action on climate change at the summit in Rome, but held out hope of a commitment from a wider group of leaders when they meet at the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow on Monday.
„Es gäbe weniger Nahrungsmittel, was wahrscheinlich zu einer Krise der Ernährungssicherheit führen würde. Es würden viel mehr Menschen anfällig für schreckliche Situationen, terroristische Gruppen und gewalttätige Gruppen. Das würde viele Quellen der Instabilität schaffen.“ Es gehe nicht nur um „den Umweltaspekt. Es geht auch um das ganze System, das wir aufgebaut haben. Wir wissen, was Migrationskrisen in der Vergangenheit ausgelöst haben“, so die ehemalige mexikanische Botschafterin in Deutschland.
The leaders of China and Russia said they won’t be at this week’s COP26 climate-change summit.
Their absence may make it harder for others to secure big commitments to reducing emissions.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Monday it was „touch and go“ whether the
upcoming United Nations COP26 global climate conference will secure the agreements needed to help tackle climate change.
Britain hopes the summit in Glasgow, which begins on Oct. 31, will adopt plans to help limit the rise in the average global temperature to 1.5 degree Celsius above pre-industrial
levels and to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.
Q. What’s a COP?
These climate meetings began in 1992, when countries signed a treaty promising to stabilize greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere and prevent dangerous changes to the climate. Almost every year since then, the parties to this agreement have met to talk about what still needs to be done. It’s called a Conference of Parties, or COP. This is the 26th such meeting. So, COP26.
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As the host of the Cop26 Summit the Government is aware of the weight on its shoulders in not only recalibrating the Western alliance after the turbulent Trump era, but moving things forward in a meaningful way from the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement forged in rather different times. By some measures of modern geopolitics, whether or not Britain can convince China to attend the summit will be the test of its success as the host nation.
Sowohl die EU als auch die USA haben sich in diesem Jahr strengere Ziele gesetzt, um ihre Emissionen bis 2030 zu reduzieren. China, Indien und Russland zählen zu den Staaten, die unter internationalem Druck stehen, sich rechtzeitig zum UNO-Klimagipfel ambitionierter zu positionieren. Die UNO-Klimakonferenz findet von 31. Oktober bis 12. November im schottischen Glasgow statt.
Unless nations take drastic action to wean themselves off fossil fuels in the coming decade.
That’s why November’s UN Climate Change Conference, COP26, is being hailed as „the world’s best last chance“ to get the climate emergency under control. To ensure temperature change remains „well below“ the 2 degrees Celsius agreed to by UN signatories in the Paris Agreement in 2015, countries need to act fast and double down on commitments to reach net zero emissions.