Don't fiddle while the planet burns, United Nations chief warns climate summit

James Marshall
December 2, 2019

The US will take action on greenhouse gases and engage with other countries on the climate emergency despite Donald Trump's rejection of worldwide cooperation, a delegation from the US Congress has told the United Nations climate conference in Madrid. It will be held on December 2-13.

Activists and campaigners assembled inside the conference and outside but there was a lack of the pageantry and passion that have characterised recent COPs, galvanised by the signing of the Paris accord, seen as paving the way to global cooperation and preventing unsafe temperature rises.

But when COP25 was suddenly moved to Spain, Thunberg needed to find a boat heading to Europe, as she eschews air travel due to its high emissions. She hitched a ride with some YouTube-famous sailors, and is now slated to arrive in Lisbon, Portugal, on Tuesday morning. She later continued to do this every Friday. Therefore, COP25 is of great importance to implement the Paris Agreement.

While there is scant global action and no binding multilateral treaties to tackle the "global climate emergency", there is robust, even overwhelming agreement in the scientific community that human impact on climate has been enormous in recent years and that "we may have crossed tipping points". The blue zone will also host events and activities run by NGO actors and side events organised by participating countries.

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U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi took her duel with Donald Trump to a climate summit on Monday, pledging that Congress would urgently tackle global warming despite the president's opposition to an worldwide pact.

Guterres called out big greenhouse gas emitters that are still building coal-fired power plants, saying that unless the world stops burning coal "all our efforts to tackle climate change will be doomed".

The conference comes as global efforts to mitigate climate change are on the brink of failure.

Referring to the goal of zero emissions by the middle of this century, as outlined in the Paris Agreement (2015), Sanchez said that achieving a climate neutral economy by 2050, will require boldness based on multilateralism. Over 5,000 law enforcement officers are on duty to ensure security. According to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), around 30,000 participants have been accredited to the event.

"Politicians and fossil-fuel companies have known about climate change for decades".

The letter was prepared by AFL-CIO, the largest federation of unions in the United States, representing more than 12.5 million working people in the country.

The agreement aims to fight climate change by preventing the global temperature from rising more than 2 degrees celcius obove pre-industrial levels. The accord has since been ratified by 187 parties to the UNFCCC.

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