Published: Wed, December 11, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Climate change: COP25 recognises that children are leading climate change activism

Climate change: COP25 recognises that children are leading climate change activism

Bloomberg has always been an advocate of worldwide efforts to curb global warming and until recently was the U.N.'s envoy for climate action.

A spokesperson for the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment said the report does not take into account its new policy arrangements for climate, adding: "This report, prepared by a German climate NGO, based on 2017 data and interviews from other NGOs, highlights the urgency of the work the Government are doing with the Climate Action Plan".

Environment ministers from over 190 countries have arrived in Madrid for the high-level part of the COP25 United Nations climate talks, where government officials will take over from technical experts the negotiation of outstanding issues around the Paris Agreement to limit a rise in global temperatures to between 1.5 and 2 degrees Celsius.

"The index shows signs of a global turnaround in emissions, including declining coal consumption".

Al Zeyoudi said, "We recognise the urgency of climate change adaptation and acknowledge that it is our collective duty to help others, especially the most vulnerable communities of the world, achieve this objective".

The Trump administration sent a low-level delegation to the talks, led by a career diplomat, Marcia Bernicat, former US ambassador to Bangladesh. "If we take these steps, I'm really optimistic we can succeed".

"It's an absence of leadership", Kerry told The Associated Press.

The Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Patricia Espinosa, called on governments to reach an agreement this year "to create pathways of hope in 2020 and beyond".

Germany's environment minister, Svenja Schulze, welcomed the presence of rival American delegations.

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"By coming here we want to say to everyone we are still in, the United States is still in", Pelosi told reporters.

One climate policy expert questioned the narrow focus of Bloomberg's report, however.

Australia has pledged to reduce emissions by 26 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030 as part of the Paris agreement.

Despite growing awareness of climate change and warnings from scientists that drastic action needs to be taken to avert extreme temperature increases by the end of the century, only a handful of countries will be represented at the United Nations climate summit this year by their prime ministers or presidents, worrying some observers.

"If necessary and strongly enhanced climate finance and loss and damage support by the wealthy nations for the poorer countries were to be included also the various higher ranking European countries would be performing much lower in the scores", Singer said.

Some say we have to wait for people to get ready for change.

"Their future has already been diminished by our past", he said at an event alongside Bloomberg.

HE the Minister of Municipality and Environment Abdullah bin Abdulaziz bin Turki al-Subaie stressed Qatar's keenness to play its role as an active partner with the worldwide community in tackling the impacts of climate change, in line with the principles of the United Nations Convention. The AP is exclusively responsible for all content.

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