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Weak outcome of UN climate change talks in Madrid

UN climate change talks in Madrid end with no agreement on carbon market rules or stronger pledges  Marathon international climate talks have ended with major polluters resisting calls to ramp up efforts to keep global warming at bay and negotiators postponing the regulation of global carbon markets until next year.  ABC 15 Dec 19
Key points:

  • UN secretary-general Antonio Guterres said he was “disappointed” by the meeting’s outcome
  • The final talks fell short of promising to enhance countries’ pledges to cut planet-heating greenhouse gases next year
  • There was no final agreement on regulation for international carbon markets, with the EU warning that weak rules sought by some countries would undermine the system

Those failures came even after organisers added two more days to the 12 days of scheduled talks in Madrid.

In the end, delegates from almost 200 nations endorsed a declaration to help poor countries that are suffering the effects of climate change, although they did not allocate any new funds to do so.

The final declaration called on the “urgent need” to cut planet-heating greenhouse gases in line with the goals of the landmark 2015 Paris climate change accord.

That fell far short of promising to enhance countries’ pledges to cut planet-heating greenhouse gases next year, which developing countries and environmentalists had lobbied the delegates to achieve.

The Paris accord established the common goal of avoiding a temperature increase of more than 1.5 degrees Celsius by the end of the century.

So far, the world is on course for a 3 to 4-degree Celsius rise, with potentially dramatic consequences for many countries, including rising sea levels and fiercer storms.

Negotiators in Madrid left some of the thorniest issues for the next climate summit in Glasgow in a year, including the liability for damages caused by rising temperatures that developing countries were insisting on.

That demand was resisted mainly by the United States……..

observers said big emissions emitters like China, the United States and India need to stop shirking their responsibilities.

“Regressive governments put profit over the planetary crisis and the future of generations to come,” the conservation group WWF said in a statement.

Ms Mountford said the talks this year “reflect how disconnected country leaders are from the urgency of the science and the demands of their citizens in the streets.”

“They need to wake up in 2020,” she added.

December 16, 2019 - Posted by | 2 WORLD, climate change

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