Coal-hungry China [image credit: democraticunderground.com]

Where’s the evidence that tinkering with carbon dioxide output can control anything? A think-tank chief said: “It puts the burden on any fossil fuel development now to prove that it’s 1.5C compatible”. How anyone is supposed to do that remains a mystery.
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The Group of Seven wealthy nations on Friday agreed to end state financing of coal-fired power plants by the end of this year, and to “mostly decarbonise” electricity supplies in the 2030s, reports France24.

Ahead of a leaders meeting in Britain next month, G7 countries’ climate and environment ministers also reaffirmed their commitment to keep temperature rises below 1.5 degrees Celsius by 2050, following a two-day virtual meeting.

Scientists say any increases beyond that will trigger uncontrollable climate change[Talkshop comment: *some* scientists say…].

“Recognising that continued global investment in unabated coal power generation is incompatible with keeping 1.5C within reach, we stress that international investments in unabated coal must stop now,” the ministers said.

UK lawmaker Alok Sharma, who is president-designate of the COP26 UN climate summit to be held in Glasgow in November, said the consensus was “a clear signal to the world that coal is on the way out”.

The move follows a recommendation from the International Energy Agency earlier this week that all future fossil fuel projects must be scrapped if the world is to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 and limit warming to 1.5C.

German Environment Minister Svenja Schulze called the agreement “an important step forward” that gave credibility to industrialised nations to urge others to follow suit.

Her French counterpart, Barbara Pompili, said it “sets the stage for a radical transition towards clean energy”, hailing Japan, which had resisted, for getting on board.

The G7 countries — Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United States and Britain — are home to major carmakers, and further agreed to “significantly accelerate” the shift away from petrol in the transport industry within the decade.

Fossil fuels should also be mostly phased out from G7 countries’ electricity supplies by the 2030s.

The grouping reiterated that it aimed to eliminate “inefficient fossil fuel subsidies” by 2025 and encouraged all countries to follow suit.

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May 22, 2021