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G20: No agreement on more ambitious climate goals - Business and Labour

G20: No agreement on more ambitious climate goals – Business and Labour

The G20 environment, climate and energy ministers were unable to agree on more ambitious climate targets at a meeting in Naples. The Joint Final Declaration lacks commitment to the desire to achieve the 1.5-degree target by the end of 2030. Italian Minister Roberto Cingolani said Friday evening that several countries refused to do so.

However, the group once again recognized the Paris climate agreement. The common goal is to keep global warming well below 2 degrees and continue efforts to bring it down to 1.5 degrees. There was also no agreement on conservation efforts. Only “some” countries have spoken out in favor of putting 30 per cent of land and sea areas under protection by the end of this decade.

Hope at the World Climate Conference

United Nations climate chief Patricia Espinosa has warned the group of 20 leading industrial and emerging nations that they are responsible for 80 percent of all global emissions. Without the G20, there would be no way to 1.5 degrees. Espinosa called for more determination to be shown at the World Climate Conference in Glasgow in November. The two-day meeting in Naples also served to prepare for the G20 summit in Rome at the end of October.

The group of economically powerful countries on all continents includes the United States of America, China, Russia and Germany. Italy holds the presidency this year. The Paris climate agreement wants to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees. But the Earth’s temperature has already warmed by about 1.2 degrees compared to pre-industrial times. Consequences: Depending on the region, there are more heat waves and droughts as well as heavy rains, storms, storms and floods.

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