The US Has Almost No Official Presence at COP25

The US Has Almost No Official Presence at COP25

Democracy Now! speaks with Harjeet Singh, climate change specialist at ActionAid, and Asad Rehman, executive director of War on Want.

Indigenous activists argue that their communities contribute nearly none of the fossil fuels emissions driving climate change, but bear the brunt of extreme weather and loss of wildlife.

World leaders agreed in Paris four years ago to keep global warming below 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit), ideally no more than 1.5 C (2.7 F) by the end of the century.

The United States, which is in a drawn-out process of leaving the Paris accord, and other high-emitting countries are wary of opening the door to compensation claims, diplomats say.

Discussing measures to curb emissions, such as an end to fossil fuel subsidies, is one of the reasons that officials from almost 200 countries meet each year at the climate summit.

Three people at the center of the impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump - including the president himself - were also in the running for Person of the Year.

According to Ribera, "this is a different COP, a different conference.in which we are entering a new phase with great dynamism on the part of a society that is asking for more action. and I am sure that this will have implications for our work in view of the next summits".

Thunberg, who turns 17 in January, is now in Madrid at a United Nations climate summit where world leaders are wrangling over how to implement a 2015 Paris agreement created to avert potentially catastrophic global warming.

"The White House matters, but sometimes not too much", he added.

As other Democratic candidates have done, Bloomberg vowed to immediately rejoin the pact if elected president.

Former US President Barack Obama played a key role in pushing through the Paris pact.

Greta, who sailed across the Atlantic to attend the talks in Chile, before having to sail back again because they were moved to Spain due to civil unrest in the South American country, has made a series of hard-hitting speeches at worldwide events in the past year.

"It's an absence of leadership", Kerry told The Associated Press.

This will require reducing greenhouse gas emissions, which contribute to global warming, by 45 per cent by 2030, and achieving carbon neutrality by 2050.

UNFCCC UN Secretary-General António Guterres (centre) addresses the high-level meeting on Caring for Climate at the UN Climate Change Conference COP25 in Madrid.

A document said to be circulated by USA negotiators to delegation heads, seen by AFP, proposes to transpose a key provision under the 2015 Paris agreement - from which the United States is withdrawing - and apply it to the wider COP process, where the U.S. will maintain a seat at the table.

She became famous around the world in August 2018 after she missed school and sat outside Sweden's Parliament holding a sign that said "School Strike for Climate".

The 77-year-old businessman and former NY mayor is expected to share the results of his private push to organise thousands of U.S. cities and businesses to abide by the terms of a global climate treaty that the Trump administration is working to abandon.

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