There may be no promises on the last official day of the Climate Summit

There may be no promises on the last official day of the Climate Summit

As the temperature rises literally and figuratively in the packed Glasgow conference center where the international climate conference is being held, negotiators from all over the world are still trying to extract what’s inside for their countries. The summit officially ends today. But the past shows that most climate conferences last into the weekend.

A new text is expected to be proposed in the coming hours, as “climate finance” is likely to be more central. This means that more attention will be paid to helping poor countries that are most vulnerable to floods, severe droughts and sea level rise due to global warming.

Tens of thousands of people are once again passing through tight security at the Scottish Convention Center today. Once inside, they huddle together, and ministers and other negotiators keep trying to improve various parts of the texts until workable compromises are found.

Obstacles

According to those involved, there are still some important obstacles, which relate to the already mentioned money from rich countries to poor countries, the rules that countries must abide by when implementing the Paris Climate Agreement and agreeing on the number of degrees of land. It can still be allowed access. Yesterday, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said the summit was “very likely” not to meet the commitments needed to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees.

Countries may agree to make those commitments before the end of next year. case of it Money It is often more important for poor countries. So far they have not been satisfied with what was on paper, the question is how they would react to the latest text proposal. Regarding the third point, the one about the rules, there seems to be some movement already.

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After six years of negotiations, the goal is to define the rules that countries must abide by. “There is a greater willingness to compromise,” notes Jos Cozijnsen, an emissions trading expert and frequent visitor to climate conferences. He says it’s because the US is back now.

The end of oil and gas extraction

It’s positive about an appointment Submitted by China and the United States this week. “Actually, you just now continue to develop the Paris Agreement, because America is involved again. We’ve had a power vacuum for four years, because the United States has been missing. And to make the agreements, China and the United States are the biggest emitters. Really important.”

In addition to these elements, the summit has resulted in more partial agreements than previous climate conferences. About Elimination of ForestsAnd methane employment Fossil government support for example. Yesterday it was also announced that a few more countries will join the so-called Beyond the oil and gas alliance, an initiative by Denmark and Costa Rica to end oil and gas extraction in the future.

The Netherlands does not agree with this. Nor is Great Britain, chair of the Climate Summit, participating. France, Greenland, Ireland, and Sweden do, as well as Wales and Quebec. The Dutch government says natural gas will still be needed in the energy supply for now.

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