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COP27 UN Summit In Egypt Kicks Off In Earnest Today

World leaders are meeting at the COP27 UN summit in Egypt, which kicks off in earnest today November 7.

The UK’s prime minister Rishi Sunak will call for a “global mission for clean growth” when he addresses the summit later his predecessor, Boris Johnson, is speaking at a fringe event. He says he is the “spirit of Glasgow”, referring to the UK-hosted summit last year

Johnson calls on leaders not to go weak on net zero emissions commitments, adding he is there in a “supportive” role and glad Sunak is attending.

The UN says progress on cutting the emissions that cause global warming has been “woefully inadequate” since COP26.

The planet has already warmed 1.1C since pre-industrial times and scientists say rises must be limited to 1.5C by 2100 to avoid the worst impacts

But experts predict carrying on with current policies would lead to a rise as high as 2.8C this century.

Poor countries are pushing for financial compensation from rich countries responsible for most historical emissions.

A lot of talking and no action – climate scientist
Away from the centre of the action at the COP27 conference in Sharm el-Sheikh, alarm bells are being sounded over the fate of the climate.
Prof Hannah Cloke, a climate scientist at the University of Reading, has previously said “history will judge us to be the most pathetic, short-sighted and stupid generation that ever lived if we continue to ignore the evidence of that catastrophic man-made climate change”.
Speaking on Radio 4’s Today programme this morning, she says she’s “at a loss” as to what to do to try to impress on people the gravity of the effects of climate change.
She says that as a climate scientist, people tell her to “stick to the facts, don’t frighten people, don’t give your opinion”.
But she says she has had enough of doing that: “Us scientists, we’ve been doing that for 30 years now, with increasing alarm. We just don’t have this widespread action that’s needed.
Quote Message: “We have evidence from the past year, every corner of the world showing us that there is a massive problem here. We’ve got sea levels continuing to rise faster, lethal heatwaves… getting hotter, and the time we have to change the course is getting shorter and shorter. It feels like a lot of talking and no action. And as a climate scientist it’s just awful and really, really frustrating.””We have evidence from the past year, every corner of the world showing us that there is a massive problem here. We’ve got sea levels continuing to rise faster, lethal heatwaves… getting hotter, and the time we have to change the course is getting shorter and shorter. It feels like a lot of talking and no action. And as a climate scientist it’s just awful and really, really frustrating.”She says she is very worried that the world may not meet the target of stopping global temperatures from rising by more than 1.5C: “I think most climate scientists are incredibly worried that we’re not going to make it.”
However, she added that she believes governments have the technologies and the skills to fix the climate crisis.

Unique historical moment to achieve goals – Egypt president
The Egyptian president closes his speech by stating there must be enough time to ensure climate agreements are implemented.
“There is no time to slip back, there is no space for hesitation,” he says, adding this is a “unique historical moment” where countries around the world can meet their responsibilities and achieve their goals.
“Implementation, implementation, implementation,” he says, repeating the strapline coined for this COP summit.
“I wish you every success during your work,” he adds, addressing the attendees of the conference.
He ends his speech by appealing for the war in Ukraine to end.
The clock is ticking, warns UN secretary general
UN Secretary General António Guterres is next on the stage.
“The clock is ticking,” he tells the audience. “We are in the fight of our lives and we are losing.
“Greenhouse gas emissions keep growing, global temperatures keep rising, and our planet is fast approaching the tipping point that will make climate chaos irreversible.
“We are on a highway to climate hell with our foot still on the accelerator.”
He adds the war in Ukraine and other conflicts have had “dramatic impacts” all over the world, but “we cannot accept that our attention is not focused on climate change”.


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