Developing nations demand climate funding before COP26

AFP

Nations most vulnerable to the impacts of global warming on Thursday called for rich countries to live up to their promise to finance the fight against climate change, ahead of a crunch UN summit.

Highlighting a “worrying lack of urgency” from recent G7 and G20 summits, dozens of countries said the COP26 talks in Glasgow later this year needed to deliver help to communities already impacted by climate-driven extreme weather.

…With growing warnings from scientists and climate change gaining international attention, the pressure on delegates to achieve meaningful results is huge.

Mohamed Adow, Director of Nairobi-based energy and climate think tank, Power Shift Africa, said the countries’ five-point plan had “fired the starting gun” on COP26 negotiations.

“These elements are what are required if we’re going to meet the challenges of the heating planet and its devastating climate consequences,” he said.

The UN says that emissions must fall more than 7 percent every year by 2030 in order to keep the 1.5-C Paris temperature goal in play.

Although Covid-19 lockdowns and travel restrictions saw emissions plunge in 2020, concentrations of planet-warming CO2 continue to climb ever higher.

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