CLIMATE CHANGE NOV 13, 2021

CLIMATE CHANGE NEWS & VIEWS FROM AROUND THE WEB

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I will now be able to tell them Glasgow has made a promise to secure them their future. That will be the best ever Christmas gift I will present to them.”

Seve Paeniu Tuvalu climate minister
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Posted at 9:499:49 Australia accepts the draft agreement

Australia, which has been criticised for the role it has played at COP26, has said it can accept the draft text and called on nations to “come together” as negotiations conclude.

The country is one of the world’s biggest coal and natural gas exporters.

Their negotiator says rules on reporting emissions need to be finalised so countries recording them can be consistent, adding “transparency is critical”.

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Posted at 9:449:44 Fossil fuels remains a key issue


The pushback from China, India and some African nations against phasing out fossil fuels has brought the most headed moments in the conference hall so far.

India said they wanted to have their “fair share of the carbon budget” and to continue their “responsible use” of fossil fuels.

China – the world’s largest emitter of CO2 – went into this conference with a net zero target year which is later than most countries at 2060, and it has not set out any major new commitments.

Coal has been the country’s main source of energy for decades.

Meanwhile, South Africa aligned themselves with the G77 and China, saying one-size-fits-all is not a good approach.

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Posted at 9:429:42 Kerry: We are making life and death decisions for the planet


John Kerry lauds the participants for their “spirit of compromise and global intent”.

He says, in spite of the dissatisfaction felt by many, the agreements being reached represent “a very important step in the right direction”.

“Not everyone gets to make choices about life and death. Not everyone gets to make choices that actually affect our planet,” he tells the summit.

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Posted at 9:379:37 John Kerry: Time to come together

Chief climate negotiator for the US, John Kerry, is speaking now.

He urges fellow delegates at the summit to “come together in ways we never thought we had to do”.

Kerry is acknowledging the discomfort expressed by several parties today, but the veteran dealmaker notes: “If it’s a good negotiation, all parties are uncomfortable.”

“We can’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good, and this is good.”

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Analysis Posted at 9:339:33 Amid the grumbles, a deal is near

Huddles at COP26
COP26 is inching towards a deal, with major parties setting aside their differences for the sake of an agreement.

India stood out with an angry intervention condemning the text’s proposal to move towards phasing out coal.

Its delegate said India should be allowed to emit a fair share of pollution. Western consumption patterns had caused climate change, he maintained.

But a potential sticking point was overcome when the G77 group of developing nations accepted a deal to formally recognise that poorer countries deserved compensation for extreme weather events made worse by climate change.

Other delegates raised various grumbles about the text but said they’d set them aside for the sake of the conference.

And the EU’s Frans Timmermans won huge applause when he urged: “Please embrace this text so that we can bring hope to the hearts of our children and grandchildren. They’re waiting for us, they will not forgive us if we fail.”

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Posted at 9:299:29 COP deal ‘must be agreed through compromise and consensus’ – Fiji delegate

Fiji says some nations, itself included, may not be able to fully embrace all the outcomes of the potential deal.

“But we need to support the outcome of this conference overall through consensus because that is critically important”, its lead delegate adds.

On the proposed deal, he adds that “while it has taken far too long and is riddled with caveats” Fiji welcomes the draft text calling for the phase-out of fossil fuels.

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Posted at 9:279:27 Gabon: I need more reassurance from developed countries -Gabon is speaking on behalf of many countries in Africa.

Their representative describes various parts of the draft deal that has made progress. But, he says, it does not offer enough to developing countries to help them cope with the impacts of climate change.

“The real issue for Africa is scaled up funding for adaptation and loss and damage,” he says.

That refers to the money poorer countries want from richer nations in compensation for the damage and loss they suffer because of climate change.

“We are the continent most impacted by climate change. It’s already a matter of life and death.

“We cannot go home to Africa without a package for adaptation,” he tells the session.

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Posted at 9:219:21 I am not willing to leave here with nothing – Marshall Islands delegate

Sea level rise caused by climate change means it is one of the most threatened countries in the world.

“I am not willing to leave here with nothing,” their representative says.

The draft deal does not have “everything everyone wants” and is not perfect, but it has extremely important elements that “do serve the planet”, she says.

We have much work to do, but it does represent real progress, she adds.

“That is what we need at this moment. We cannot afford no progress,” she says.

“Others have referred to their grandchildren, I’ll refer to my children. At the end of the COP in Madrid I had to go back home to my children and say we did not deliver. And I cannot afford to do that again.”

Marshall Islands delegate
US climate envoy John Kerry was spotted speaking to his Marshall Islands counterpart just before the meetingImage caption: US climate envoy John Kerry was spotted speaking to his Marshall Islands counterpart just before the meeting

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Analysis Posted at 9:149:14 Moment of drama as India blasts line on fossil fuels

A moment of drama as India blasted one of the key paragraphs in the text on fossil fuels.

Indian Environment Minister Bhupender Yadav said it wasn’t the job of the UN to be prescriptive on energy sources. Developing countries like India, said the minister, wanted to have their “fair share of the carbon budget” and wanted to continue their “responsible use” of fossil fuels.

This didn’t go down too well, and was met with muted applause.

It’s not clear yet if he was seeking to make a public point, or will continue to insist the reference be removed.

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Posted at 9:089:08 Antigua and Barbuda ask countries to agree


Antigua and Barbuda, on the frontlines of climate change, say their cultures are at stake.

Representing the group Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS), the representative says some members travelled for five days to get to Glasgow.

“We are over time and the clock is running out,” she says.

She adds that they are disappointed that more support for loss and damage is not there.

“However AOSIS leads with the spirit of compromise. We know what is at stake – our homes, our cultures”.

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Posted at 9:049:04 South Africa also criticises coal and fossil fuels line

South Africa’s delegate joins India and China in raising concerns about the unprecedented line in the text that mentions phasing out coal and fossil fuel subsidies.

He says that while South Africa does not want to re-open the text, it “fully concurs with the sentiment of China and India”.

“We don’t believe that one-size fits all is a good approach when it comes to this particular issue. We plead with you to hear our voice and accommodate our voice on that particular issue.”

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