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No concrete steps at UN climate talks

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 12/16/19, 12:20 pm

The United Nations ended its longest global climate conference on Sunday without reaching any major agreements. The Madrid summit, called COP25, ran two days over schedule.

Did anything happen? Delegates from the 200 member nations endorsed a call to support poor countries affected by climate change but did not allocate any funds to the effort. The members released a final declaration asserting an “urgent need” to cut greenhouse gases to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement, but they put off decisions about controversial issues like carbon markets until next year’s meeting in Glasgow, Scotland.

Dig deeper: Read Harvest Prude’s report in The Sift on world leaders’ response to teen activists’ climate demands.

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Onize Ohikere

Onize is a reporter for WORLD Digital based in Abuja, Nigeria.

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  •  Xion's picture
    Posted: Tue, 12/17/2019 12:15 am

    Money and power are a source of climate change, we are told, so hand it over.  Climate hypocrisy was alive and well at COP25.

  • Big Jim
    Posted: Tue, 12/17/2019 01:24 am

    Hey Xion, that link was a pretty good read. Thanks for sharing.

  • OldMike
    Posted: Wed, 12/18/2019 04:28 am

    Climate change is real. It has ALWAYS been real, as long as there has been an earth. 

    What is NOT real is impending doom of the planet, or of many species, or in particular, mankind. 

    One of the most adaptable organisms on earth, man has lived through heat, cold, wet, dry, floods (although not very many made it through one particularly big one), famines both natural and manmade, and everything else. 

    Let’s say the ice melts and sea levels rise like some are predicting. Will everyone die?  Of course not!  Some coastal cities will have to spend a lot on huge dikes, a lot of people in places like Bangladesh will have to move. That is adaptation.

    Let’s say temperatures rise and food crops will no longer grow in some places. Guess what!  Other places that now are unsuitable for agriculture will become productive. If the US southern plains are too hot to grow wheat, the northern Canadian prairies will become just right. And so on around the world.  

    I strongly feel that the number of people who die from the effects of climate change will be a very small fraction of the number killed in the 20th Century by their own governments, including those killed by Stalin, Mao, Hitler, Pol Pot,  Roe v. Wade, and so forth.