May 17, 2022, 5:24 am
International Desk /
U.S. President Joe Biden apologized for breaking the Paris Agreement on Monday from the stage of the climate conference. “As the current president of the United States, I am very ashamed of this move by the previous administration,” he said in Glasgow.
Heads of state have pledged to reduce carbon emissions by the middle of this century. China, the world’s largest emitter of carbon, aims for 2060. India, Russia’s goal is 2050.
There have also been pleas for an immediate halt to power generation from coal. All countries have agreed to it. But no goal has been set for this. There has also been talk of stopping the huge amount of subsidies that countries give to fossil fuels.
Leaders, academics and environmental activists from more than 120 countries attended the Glasgow Climate Conference. With that in mind, the G20 left all climate talk about COP26.
Experts say there is nothing new in talking about climate change at the G20 summit. All member states of the group said they would try to keep the average temperature rise within 1.5 degrees Celsius to prevent an impending catastrophe. However, in the Paris climate agreement in 2015, the state leaders also said this. Although in reality it was not reflected.
This time Italy was hosting the G20. Entrepreneur Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi said: “One thing we need to do is make sure that the dream we are working for is fulfilled.” The G20 includes Brazil, China, India, Germany and the United States. Eighty percent of the world’s population lives in these twenty countries. Eighty percent of these countries emit “toxic” greenhouse gases.
According to the United Nations, if global warming is not controlled, the whole world will have to pay a terrible price. It is already being felt. Drought on the one hand and floods on the other. In Europe, fires are burning in Canada at 40 degrees Celsius. India has not seen rains, floods or landslides like this year. The UN warns that as the water level rises, the low-lying countries will be drowned first.
The Glasgow conference will be attended by British Prince Charles, 95-year-old British journalist Sir David Attenborough, and Swedish environmentalist Greta Thunberg. Attenborough said: “Future generations will suffer as a result of the changes in the environment that I have witnessed in one lifetime. This story can still be changed a little bit. ‘
Referring to the James Bond film, Prime Minister Johnson said that it is not a film that will kill everyone in the last scene. Source: Reuters, AP