Bonn climate meeting to test resolve in war on global warming

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Negotiators from 200 countries are meeting in the German city of Bonn on Monday for talks aimed at reviving momentum in the fight against global warming. The conference will pave the way for a UN climate conference to be held later this year in Egypt.

“Climate change is not an agenda we can afford to push back on our global agenda,” outgoing UN climate change chief Patricia Espinosa said ahead of the meeting.

She said it was imperative that nations reach the UN COP27 gathered in Sharm el-Sheikh in November, ready to show that they are taking “bold and concrete steps – backed by specific plans – to deliver the urgent and transformational climate ambition that we simply need to see before it is too late”.

The summary of this year’s landmark climate report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change concluded that any further delay in action “will miss a brief and rapidly closing window of opportunity to secure a future livable and sustainable for all”.

As it stands, the world is unlikely to be able to meet the Paris climate agreement commitment to limit warming to “well below” 2 degrees Celsius above global levels. preindustrial.

“There’s this disconnect between the scientific evidence of a brewing global crisis, a potential rush to unmanageable climate impact, and the lack of action,” said Johan Rockstrom, director of the Research Institute. on the climate impact of Potsdam, to the French news agency AFP. .

“It is a deep concern.”

The world has warmed by almost 1.2°C so far, enough to usher in a crescendo of heat waves, floods and storm surges.

Bonn meeting on bolts

While the Conference from 6 to 16 June in Bonn is a largely technical meeting aimed at preparing for the autumn summit in Egypt, there are a number of key issues to discuss.

Particular emphasis will be placed on funding wealthy polluters to help vulnerable nations least responsible for global warming deal with the increasingly damaging consequences.

There are growing calls for “loss and damage” funding for countries already affected by climate change, with a specific dialogue on the topic scheduled for this week.

The Alliance of Small Island States warned that the Bonn conference must not be “just another chat room” and called for a “clear view” on when and how emergency funding will be in place.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned last week that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine could set back the fight against the climate crisis.

“But I think this war has demonstrated one thing: how fragile the world is in its dependence on fossil fuels,” he added.

The invasion prompted countries, particularly in Europe, to scramble to shore up their energy supplies. It also caused a spike in wheat and fertilizer prices.

Fears of a food crisis have intensified in recent weeks as India decided to ban wheat exports after the hottest March and April on record – largely attributed to climate change – hit the crops.

Teresa H. Sadler