The G20 sends a mixed signal in the fight against global warming

The G20 sends a mixed signal in the fight against global warming

From one crisis to another and from one summit to another. Participants at COP26, which opened on Sunday 31 October in Glasgow, spent the day with their eyes on the recent G20 talks in Rome. Their hopes for a positive signal in the fight against climate change were half fulfilled by the twenty major economies of the planet (European Union, United States, China, India, etc.), which are responsible for 80% of emissions. Global greenhouse gas emissions.

Les pays du G20 s’en sont félicités : ils n’arriveront pas les mains vides à la conférence des Nations unies sur le climat, où 196 pays et plus de 30 000 délégués ont convergé ces’ derac pournières teré heures Heating, Exacerbate worldwide, to unprecedented levels. Two days after the summit, the heads of state and government of the G-20 have certainly reached a compromise that is likely to give a modicum of impetus to COP 26, despite the current divisions exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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But, to avoid sensitivities, they have also come to deadlocks which can lead to many hard-to-fill gaps in the climate conference discussions. And the commitments they agreed on Sunday in Rome may not be enough to bring real winds of hope to COP26.

” Not much “

“I welcome the G-20’s renewed commitment to global solutions, but I leave Rome with dashed hopes – even if it is not buried”UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Twitter. “We have made reasonable progress in the G20, but it is not enough”British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, whose country chairs COP26, has also appreciated. And for a warning: “If Glasgow fails, that is all that fails.”

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The The final statement of the Group of Twentynegotiated overnight from Saturday to Sunday, reaffirms the goals of the 2015 Paris climate agreement, which are “Keep the average temperature increase well below 2°C and continue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels.”. He adds that the effects of climate change will be “much weaker at 1.5°C than at 2°C” And “Maintaining 1.5°C in the range will require significant and effective actions and commitments from all countries.” It also notes the need to “Take new steps in this decade.” “These signals are an important signal.”, Judge Alden Mayer, an expert with the E3G research group and an expert on climate negotiations. The game was not won because many countries were curbing four irons, such as India, Russia or Saudi Arabia.

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