The greenblob is right to think ‘COP-speak’ is a big turn-off for the public, but that’s about all they get right. Trying to manipulate the Earth’s climate by demonising the minor trace gas carbon dioxide is a vastly expensive exercise in futility. Seeing hundreds of planes full of delegates arriving in Glasgow (if it happens) will undermine any little public credibility the COP exercise, supposedly about ’emissions’, might have. People may be even less impressed if/when delegates start arguing for semi-permanent forms of lockdown, in pursuit of their long-term agendas.
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UK ministers are under pressure to rescue the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (Cop26) in Glasgow this year amid concerns not enough energy is being poured into preparations for the crucial talks, reports The National News (N World).
Environmental experts warned the government must step up preparations after a report claimed at the weekend Business Secretary Alok Sharma offered to quit his government post to focus on his second responsibility as Cop26 president.
The November talks are seen as critical for accelerating global action towards meeting the goals of the Paris Agreement.
Participating countries are expected to hammer out new emission reduction targets to limit global warming to well below 2°C.
However, the talks come as a faster-spreading coronavirus variant runs amok in the UK, prompting Prime Minister Boris Johnson to order the UK into its third national lockdown.
The event was supposed to be held last year but was put back to 2021 due to the pandemic.
Rebecca Willis, a researcher at Lancaster Environment Centre, urged the government to use its presidency of the summit to push for a green recovery from the pandemic.
“For government, it’s about looking across the whole economy, understanding that climate policy is investment policy, infrastructure policy, tax policy … and that Covid recovery is also climate policy,” she tweeted.
She added that the summit suffered “big engagement challenges” among ordinary citizens.
“In terms of wider outreach, I worry that COP-speak galvanises climate wonks and no-one else,” she said.
Full report here.
via Tallbloke’s Talkshop
January 6, 2021 at 06:57AM