By Paul Homewood
h/t Robin Guenier
The usual balanced reporting from Matt McGrath!
More than 100 developing countries have set out their key negotiating demands ahead of the COP26 climate meeting in Glasgow.
These include funding for poorer nations to fight and adapt to climate change and compensation for the impacts they will be subjected to.
Those backing the plan represent more than half of the world’s countries.
Without progress on these points, they say that COP26 will be worthless and will end in failure.
But this new position paper is a warning shot from more than 100 of the world’s poorer countries, which are dismayed by the lack of progress they’ve seen so far – particularly at the G7 meeting in the UK in June.
They’ve set out five key issues which they say are critical for them in the negotiations:
- Cutting emissions: Despite some progress, the sum total of climate policies in place will not keep global warming within the limits that governments agreed in Paris in 2015. An acceleration of net zero targets is urgently needed, led by those with the biggest responsibility and capacity.
- Finance: At the failed Copenhagen COP in 2009, richer countries promised $100bn a year in climate finance by 2020, with increased annual sums from 2025. That target has not been met, say the developing countries – and it needs fixing if they are to trust the richer countries to keep to what they negotiate. This fund is intended to help those lower-income countries adapt to and fight climate change.
- Adaptation: The developing countries are calling for at least 50% of climate finance to be used to help the most vulnerable to adapt to the effects of global warming.
- Loss and damage: The historical failure of richer countries to cut their emissions adequately means that the most vulnerable are already experiencing permanent losses and damage. Responsibilities have to be acknowledged, say the poorer countries and promised measures delivered.
- Implementation: Since Paris, rich and poor have haggled over issues like carbon trading and transparency. The developing countries want to see these questions finally resolved and want all countries to agree five-year common timeframes for their national climate plans.
“Highly vulnerable countries like Somalia are already suffering disproportionally from the impacts of climate change,” said Mahdi M Gulaid, deputy prime minister of Somalia, one of the countries behind the plan.
In the report, the countries lay out what’s termed a “fair share accounting”, which allocates emissions cuts based on historical responsibility and the capacity to act.
Under that scenario, the US would need to reduce emissions by 195% below 2005 levels by 2030. This could be made up of a 70% cut in domestic emissions plus $80bn a year in support for developing countries.
For the UK, a similar approach would see a 70% emissions cut by 2030 plus $46bn a year in climate finance.
Judging by his uncritical reporting of these demands, I assume McGrath is happy for the UK to shell out $46bn a year in climate aid, about £1200 per household, in addition to the economy wrecking cut in emissions.
As for the absurd suggestion that third world countries are worse off because of the industrial revolution and subsequent economic growth, does the idiot McGrath really want them and the rest of us to return to the economic conditions of the 19thC?
Yet again we see a report from the BBC’s Environment Dept which is totally devoid of any content critical of the green agenda.
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July 17, 2021