Nancy Pelosi Assures U.N.: ‘We’re Still in’ to Fight Global Warming

Eloise Marshall
December 2, 2019

"It will be more hard for the world to stop climate change by reducing the annual emissions effectively to zero without the United States", said Bob Ward, policy and communications director at the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

That involves creating a functioning global emissions-trading system and compensating poor countries for losses they suffer from rising sea levels and other consequences of climate change.

"We have a common challenge but with differentiated needs and urgencies, which we can only overcome if we work together", said Schmidt as her country took over the chairing of the meeting from Poland.

"Failure to heed these warnings and take drastic action to reverse emissions means we will continue to witness deadly and catastrophic heatwaves, storms and pollution", said UN Secretary-General António Guterres.

The UN urges countries to show real political will and determination to change their climate policies to still be able to achieve the goals of the 2015 Paris climate deal, keeping global warming below 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit). Already, average temperatures have increased by about 1C, leaving little room for the more ambitious target to be met.

Guterres called out big greenhouse gas emitters that are still building coal-fired power plants, saying that unless the world stops burning coal "all our efforts to tackle climate change will be doomed".

The announcement came in a statement from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, which lambasted the agreement's disproportionate burden on the United States.

The report says that emissions have gone up by 1.5 percent per year in the last decade.

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He said the disease could be prevented if spouses are faithful to one another and used condoms if they had more than one partner. The event was attended by some 700 participants from national and worldwide institutions including civil society organisations.

Representatives from over 190 countries are expected to attend the Madrid conference, including 50 heads of state and government.

President Trump began the formal withdrawal process from the Paris climate agreement in early November, a process that will finalize on Nov. 4, 2020, just one day after the presidential election.

However, Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi will be present, leading a congressional delegation.

"We aren't here to talk about impeachment of the president of the United States", Pelosi said in response to a question from reporters.

Moments before, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez explained in his opening speech that time had proven that in the face of those who deny the climate emergency, there is no alternative but to respond with concrete actions. And maybe four: "science, again".

"We are not doing enough and we are not even getting close to what we need to do to control this situation", he said. But sticking points remain, not least over an article on how to put a price on emissions, and so allow them to be traded.

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