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World NewsUN's Patricia Espinosa warns of 'catastrophic' consequences of inaction

UN’s Patricia Espinosa warns of ‘catastrophic’ consequences of inaction

LONDON — There is purpose for cautious optimism on the subject of negotiations on the COP26 local weather change summit in Glasgow, Scotland, in line with the United Nations’ local weather chief.

The pivotal convention, which the U.Ok. is internet hosting between Oct. 31 and Nov. 12, has seen a quantity of high-profile bulletins in its first week.

India’s prime minister, Narendra Modi, has pledged to succeed in net-zero carbon emissions by 2070, whereas over 100 world leaders, together with U.S. President Joe Biden, China’s Xi Jinping and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, have dedicated to finish deforestation by 2030.

In addition, 28 extra nations joined a global alliance devoted to phasing out coal, though notable absentees included China, India and the United States.

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In an interview with CNBC’s Steve Sedgwick on Thursday, Patricia Espinosa, the chief secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, was requested how she seen the progress made at Glasgow and if it was sufficient.

“I feel really encouraged by what … we have seen so far,” she mentioned. “Of course, we’re coming to this conference with the clear message that the numbers we have in terms of emissions are not good,” she added. “So that means that we really must come out of here with clarity on how we are going to move forward.”

Espinosa was talking after COP26’s “Finance Day” on Wednesday. Among different issues, U.Ok. Finance Minister Rishi Sunak introduced plans for the nation to develop into the “first-ever net zero aligned financial center.”

Elsewhere, the Glasgow Financial Alliance for Net Zero mentioned greater than $130 trillion of non-public capital had been “committed to transforming the economy for net zero.”

“What we have seen here,” Espinosa mentioned, “these 120 heads of state and government … the Finance Day with ministers, heads of international financial institutions, people from [the] private sector also making pledges, announcing initiatives, I think there is … really a reason to be, to be hopeful … cautiously optimistic.”

An enormous quantity is using on COP26. The U.Ok.’s official web site for the summit states it would “bring parties together to accelerate action towards the goals of the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.”

Described by the United Nations as a legally-binding worldwide treaty on local weather change, the Paris Agreement goals to “limit global warming to well below 2, preferably to 1.5 degrees Celsius, compared to pre-industrial levels.”

The problem is large, and the United Nations has famous that 1.5 levels Celsius is taken into account to be “the upper limit” on the subject of avoiding the worst consequences from local weather change.

In her interview with CNBC, Espinosa highlighted the ramifications of inaction. A report from the IPCC, she mentioned, had proven that “the scenario of two degrees is … terrible, is catastrophic.”  

“And the prime minister of Barbados said it in the plenary, she said: ‘For us, 2 degrees is a death sentence’,” Espinosa added. “So that means that this is really not good enough and we need to be very frank and open about it.”

“Not to make people more pessimistic, but I hope on the contrary, to make people more energetic in really taking seriously the very difficult decisions that need to be made.”

—Chloe Taylor, Lucy Handley and Sam Meredith contributed to this report  

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