UN Climate change conference opens in Madrid

1 December 2019

The United Nations Climate Change Conference opens on Monday 2nd December in Madrid. This was scheduled to be held in Chile but was resited because of civil unrest in that country. This forced Greta Thunberg to find a new way to cross the Atlantic with zero carbon: 4 days ago the boat which gave her a lift was off the tip of Portugal.

In advance of the conference, the organisers have warned that unless the leading nations cut 7.6% of present consumption each year, the world will fail to reach the Paris goal of limiting the temperature rise to 1.5°C. Instead it will go up by 3.2°. Since 1990, the forcing effect of all greenhouse gases in the atmosphere has increased by 43%. "There is no sign of a slowdown, let alone a decline, in greenhouse gases concentration in the atmosphere despite all the commitments under the Paris Agreement on Climate Change,"  said WMO Secretary-General Petteri Taalas.

The UN process is under pressure with the governments of USA and Brazil dissociating themselves from the process. But it is essential that the world moves as a whole and more rapidly than it has up to now. Our politicians are supporting it in principle but the actions are not enough.

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