Negotiators from almost 200 countries yesterday approved a new agreement on climate measures, after a last minute intervention by India to mitigate language about reducing carbon emissions.
Several countries, including small island nations, were deeply disappointed by the phrase “phasing out” rather than “phasing out” the energy generated by coal, the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions.
One after another, the members complained on the last day of the two weeks of United Nations climate talks in Glasgow, Scotland, that the deal was not comprehensive enough, but they felt that was better than nothing and provided incremental advancement, if not a victory.
Negotiators Switzerland and Mexico They indicated that the change in the carbon text was against the rules because it was too late. However, they stressed that they had no choice but to put up with it and accept it.
The minister of environment of Switzerland, Simonetta Sommaruga, He said the change will make it more difficult to meet the international goal of limiting warming to the 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 Fahrenheit) of pre-industrial times.
The world continues to be on the verge of a “climate catastrophe”, the Secretary General of the UN, Antonio Guterres, after the approval of the Glasgow Pact.
The Glasgow COP26 achieved “steps forward that are welcome, but are not enough,” he estimated in a statement.
“The adopted texts are a compromise. They reflect the interests, the situation, the contradictions,” Guterres reacted. It was not achieved “the end of subsidies for fossil fuels, the exit from coal, putting a price on carbon,” he said.
“Now is the time to get into ‘urgency’ mode,” he added.
AP, EFE and AFP