Facing Climate Emergency, UN Summit Staggers On

International Business Times | 12/14/2019 | AFP News
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A UN climate summit in Madrid was on life support Saturday after marathon negotiations between countries left them more divided than ever over on how to fight global warming and pay for its ravages.

Diplomats from rich nations, emerging giants and the world's poorest countries -- each for their own reasons -- found fault with a draft agreement put forward by host Chile in a botched attempt to strike common ground.

Warnings - Science - Weather - Climate - Change

Faced with fire-alarm warnings from science, deadly extreme weather made worse by climate change, and weekly strikes by millions of young people, negotiations in Madrid were under pressure to send a clear signal that governments were willing to double down in tackling the crisis.

But the 12-day talks, more than 24 hours after their scheduled end, had retreated even further from this goal on Saturday.

Simon - Stiell - Grenada - Envoy - AFP

Simon Stiell, Grenada envoy, told AFP that the lack of ambition in the initial agreement text was "crazy".

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Kids - Streets - World - Communities - Sea

"It isn't reflective of the kids who are demonstrating on the streets the world over, communities being washed away by rising sea levels," he said late Saturday.

"We wanted provisions that were in the Paris agreement to remain and what we see at every COP it just seems to be another opportunity to erode those."

Veteran - Observers - UN - Climate - Talks

Veteran observers of UN climate talks were stunned by the state of play nearly 24 hours after the negotiations had been due to close.

"I have never seen such a disconnect between what the science requires and the people of the world demand, versus what the climate negotiations are delivering," Alden Meyer, strategy and policy director at the Union of Concerned Scientists, told AFP.

Alexandria - Villasenor - Climate - Activist - Lack

Alexandria Villasenor, a 14-year-old climate activist, said she was "disappointed" in the lack of action at COP 25.

"The difference between the youth on the streets and the negotiations is that the youth on the...
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