Nov 08, 2021
By Gavin Day
The COP 26 climate conference in Glasgow, Scotland is into its final days and there’s waning optimism it will lead to any major breakthrough.
Participants have announced plans to reduce methane emission and stop deforestation by the end of the century but observers say there’s little in the way of concrete steps being announced.
No deals have been announced on steps that will be taken to fulfill the goal made in the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement to limit warming at 1.5 degrees Celsius of pre-industrial levels.
Former U-S President Barack Obama spoke today. He says the fight against climate change can be a unifying cause for humanity but there’s no time for delay.
“There is one thing that should transcend our normal day-to-day politics and normal geopolitics and that is climate change,” said Obama. “It’s not just that we can’t afford to go backward. We can’t afford to stay where we are. The world has to step up and it has to step up now.”
Obama chided Chinese and Russian leaders for not bothering to attend the conference.
Several developing nations are pessimistic and calling the progress so far disappointing. The conference ends on Friday.