Weather Forecast for Thursday    Saudi leadership seeks peace and progress in Yemen, Prince Khalid tells President Hadi    UN experts decry Iran's reported plan to execute Iranian-Swedish academic    12 years on, victims of Mumbai terrorist attacks await justice India accuses Pakistan of shielding main culprits    CMA warns market manipulators of prosecution    1-year jail and SR50,000 in fine for assaulting women    Foreigners must transfer sponsorship within 2 months after separation from Saudi spouses    Abu Dhabi crown prince meets with Indian foreign minister    Yemeni parties condemn Houthi attacks against civilian targets in Saudi Arabia    Details of new 2021 Dakar Rally route in Saudi Arabia unveiled    Saudi Arabia collects six Arab governmental excellence prizes    Argentina Soccer Legend Maradona Dies of Heart Attack    China FM in Japan to Discuss Virus    Joint Incidents Assessment Team Refutes Allegations against Coalition Forces    CITC to Host a Webinar on Radio Spectrum Innovation in Collaboration with the ITU    AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine 90% Effective only Among Age Group Below 55, US Advisor reports    SABIC introduces new Lexan anti-fog film for clear safety visors, lenses and goggles    DEWA selects bidder for 120 MIGD Hassyan Sea Water Reverse Osmosis IWP Project    HRC President receives Ambassador of New Zealand    Saudi Ladies International confirmed for 2021    European Tour's commitment to golf in Dubai will support tourism recovery    On Behalf of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, Governor of Riyadh to Attend Final of the King's Cup    Russian President Praises Joint Cooperation with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to Ensure the Stability of the Global Energy Market    Russia reports record 507 coronavirus deaths    King approves Saudi Central Bank law and renames SAMA    K Chinar, Pak Zalmi open account in Ace Travel Saudi Cup    Bahraini, Indian foreign ministers meet, seek to boost bilateral ties    OPEC Secretary General: The Attack on Petroleum Products Distribution Terminal North of Jeddah is Cowardly Act    Study: Small link between blood type O and lower risk for severe COVID-19 illness    Saudi Arabia Achieves Highest Levels of Commitment to Implementing G20's Outcomes on Cybersecurity    Azha Workshop unveils bracelet to showcase AlUla's rich history    RCU announces the winners of #CaptureAlUla photo competition    Chelsea 7th club to top PL, with win, at Newcastle,    Coman rescues 1-1 draw for Bayern against Werder    British Council to host event for young Saudi filmmakers    Saudi Arabia Launches Golf Sustainability Strategy, Al-Rumayyan Opens Aramco Saudi Ladies International    MCIT Launches Initiative to Raise Awareness on Cyberbullying    Council of Senior Scholars: Muslim Brothers' Group Don't Represent Method of Islam, rather only Follows its Partisan Objectives, Violating our Graceful Religion    Saudi Medical Team Restore Young Man's Lost Vision, One Year later    KSrelief Organizes Awareness Campaign on Breast Cancer in Aden Governorate, Yemen    Ithra Signs Agreement with Supreme Council of Antiquities of Egypt    Court facilitates young woman's marriage after stripping father's guardianship    Bahrain's top Islamic body condemns attempts to insult Muslim symbols    Saudi man accused of harassing foreign wife asked to be produced before court Court allows divorce, custody of children by mother    S. P. Bala, legendary Indian singer, dead at 74    Eid Al-Adha Prayer Performed at the Grand Holy Mosque    Pilgrims Perform Dhuhr and Asr Prayers in Arafat Holy Site    Senior Scholars Council Issues Decision No. 246 Regarding Attendance of Friday Prayer and Prayers at Mosques in a Case of Spread of Epidemic or Fear of its Spread    

Thank you for reporting!
This image will be automatically disabled when it gets reported by several people.

UN climate summit to test world's resolve to halt warming
Published in The Saudi Gazette on 19 - 09 - 2019

After a summer of wildfires, heat waves and hurricanes, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says he is banking on new pledges from governments and businesses to abandon fossil fuels during a special climate summit in New York on Monday.
With Swedish teen Greta Thunberg and other activists piling pressure on delegates ahead of the Climate Action Summit, UN officials expect about 60 countries to build on their commitments to the 2015 Paris Agreement to combat global warming.
"We are losing the fight against climate change," Guterres told a news conference on Wednesday. "I expect that there will be the announcement and unveiling of a number of meaningful plans on reducing emissions in the next decade and achieving carbon neutrality by 2050," he said.
On the stage next week will be countries including small island states most vulnerable to sea-level rise and European nations such as France and Germany, according to a draft schedule seen by Reuters.
So far, big economies that still build or finance coal plants — such as Japan, South Korea and Australia — are not due to speak — but may still introduce plans. And US President Donald Trump and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, among the world's only global leaders that publicly question climate science, are not due to take part, their representatives said.
Environmental groups say the summit is coming at a crucial time, as extreme weather events and spiking temperatures affect more people in more parts of the globe.
"The meeting couldn't be more important," said May Boeve, executive director of, a climate activism group. "It means countries will need to finally talk about the source of the flames engulfing our planet: fossil fuels."
Guterres has called for an end to the construction of coal plants from 2020 worldwide, as well as transitions away from subsidies for fossil fuels and a rapid shift toward renewable energy sources like solar, wind and geothermal.
He and other UN officials also wants China to avoid ramping up coal production in Asia and Africa through its "Belt and Road" infrastructure vision.
"I am much more concerned for countries in Africa that need to have the option not to get into coal. They need to have more opportunity for renewables," UN climate change envoy Luis Alfonso de Alba told Reuters in an interview.
Among the private sector speakers scheduled at the summit is the chief executive of Danish power company Orsted, which earlier this year divested from its oil and gas assets and shuttered its coal plants.
A group of big oil companies called the Oil and Gas Climate Initiative, however, will host a meeting on the sidelines of the summit, focused on tempering the climate impact of fossil fuels with carbon capture and storage technology, and methane capture, according to a draft program.
Although the Paris Agreement commits governments to a rapid transition to clean energy, the world's greenhouse gas emissions hit a record high last year. Under current pledges to the accord, the world will still easily overshoot an increase in global temperatures of 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial times, a threshold the UN-backed Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warned in an October report would have catastrophic consequences.
The IPCC also said last month that far-reaching changes in land use would be needed to avert runaway warming and is due to issue another report on the impact of climate change on oceans next week.
While the Trump administration's support for fossil fuels and US-China trade tensions have undercut hopes of global climate cooperation, diplomats say they also see some encouraging signs. An upsurge in activism has forced climate up the agenda in some countries, particularly in northern Europe, while disasters from floods in the US Midwest to fires raging in the Amazon and Arctic have focused voters' minds.
In Europe, the new European Commission president-elect Ursula von der Leyen has said she wants to make Europe the world's first carbon neutral continent. And in the United States, Democratic candidates for next year's presidential election are championing a proposed Green New Deal to boost renewables and end fossil fuels use.
Investors are noticing, moving money to companies that can do well in a clean energy economy, said Nigel Topping, chief executive of We Mean Business, a non-profit coalition working with businesses on climate action. "We see investors becoming clear this change is going to happen." — Reuters

Clic here to read the story from its source.