Stumbling UN Climate Negotiations Raise Fears for 1.5°C Target
- Jun 22, 2021 1:42 am GMT
With scarcely four months before this year’s United Nations climate conference convenes in Glasgow November 1, negotiations are stumbling over multiple hurdles—from a frustrating and largely unproductive set of mid-year negotiations over the last 2½ weeks, to rich countries’ failure to deliver on promises ranging from climate finance to international access to COVID-19 vaccines.
“The international goal to limit global warming seemed far away this week, as the most recent round of United Nations climate negotiations ended with concerns about a lack of progress on key issues like climate financing for developing countries and a global framework for a carbon market, seen as a key tool to reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” Inside Climate News reported Saturday. That was after the G7 countries kept their promises vague on what COP 26 President Alok Sharma has called their “totemic” promise of US$100 billion per year for climate finance, while allowing brutal international inequalities in vaccine distribution to become a metaphor for their response to the climate crisis.
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