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Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Berlin hosts envoys for heart-to-heart talks on climate

BERLIN ( Associated Press) – Amid the economic fallout of the pandemic in the world and the war in Ukraine, senior officials from 40 countries met in Berlin on Monday to hold heart-to-heart talks to fight climate change and focus on its solutions. done. influence.

After technical talks last month made little progress on key issues such as climate aid for developing countries, organizers called the two-day gathering ahead of this year’s UN climate summit in Egypt to rebuild trust between rich and poor countries. billed as an opportunity.

“Many of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable countries are now facing severe climate impacts,” Germany’s climate envoy Jennifer Morgan told the Associated Press. “The question is how to support both in adapting to those impacts and when they experience real loss and damage. We must show more solidarity.”

Developing countries are still waiting for rich countries to provide $100 billion of climate aid each year, a goal they wanted to achieve by 2020.

However, even the big polluters have long resisted the idea that they should pay for the destruction caused by their greenhouse gas emissions around the world.

Closed-room talks in Berlin begin with experts giving a presentation on the issue of “loss and damage” to ministers, who will be able to discuss and listen to each other in the hopes of building trust ahead of November’s United Nations. will break into groups. Summit in Sharm El Sheikh.

The meeting in Berlin comes at a time when scientists say the extreme heat sweeping large parts of the Northern Hemisphere over the past few weeks could be the new normal in the summer if global warming continues.

“As this meeting is taking place, some parts of Europe are cooking, in fact they are burning; And sadly, it is an experience that is already familiar to millions of people around the world,” said Alok Sharma, the British official who led last year’s climate talks in Glasgow. As the meeting began, he told the delegates: “I beg you all, please, speed up our work.”

“In these uncertain times it is up to us to act swiftly to ensure that climate action remains at the top of the international agenda, and that the current situation is not taken as an excuse to back down or back down on past commitments – especially those related to supporting developing countries,” said Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, who will chair the Sharm el-Sheikh summit.

China was participating in the Berlin meeting. Russia was not invited.

The question of energy sources threatened by Russia’s war in Ukraine is looming over the talks.

Environmental activists have warned that recent efforts by countries such as Germany to harness new sources of fossil fuels could undermine countries’ already fragile climate actions. German Chancellor Olaf Scholz is expected to discuss buying liquefied natural gas from Egypt with the country’s President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi in Berlin on Monday, just a few miles from where climate talks are taking place.

“The battle for the Russian invasion is forcing us to make short-term decisions that we don’t like, including increased use of coal for a very limited time,” said Morgan, previously head of Greenpeace International.

“But we are not only sticking strongly to our climate goals – we are accelerating the energy transition and will end the use of fossil energy even more rapidly,” he said in a new plan to augment solar and wind power. Referring to the approved plan said. Generation in Germany.

Similarly, US climate envoy John Kerry comes into talks after President Joe Biden’s failures in the US in his efforts to control pollution and promote renewable energy such as wind and solar power.

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