Thursday, December 06, 2018

Katowice COP24 Notebook:  Counting the Cost

Participants take part in the plenary session during COP24 U.N. Climate Change Conference 2018 in Katowice, Poland December 4, 2018. (Credit: Reuters/Kacper Pempel) Click to Enlarge.Talks billed as the most important U.N. conference since the Paris 2015 deal on climate change have begun in the Polish city of Katowice, the capital of the Silesian mining district.

The aim is to make an end-of-year deadline for agreeing a rule book on how to enforce global action to limit further warming of the planet.

Delegates say it is tense behind closed doors as developing countries seek assurances that if they make ambitious cuts to their climate emissions, developed countries will deliver on promises to help pay.

Brazil Speaks Out
The Brazilian chief negotiator issued a statement for a second day in a row and urged an inclusive debate which he said had helped to bring about the Paris deal.

“Brazil firmly and loudly advocates for transparency on both climate action and financial support,” J. Antonio Marcondes said.  “What must be avoided at all costs is developing countries being sidelined or presented with take-it-or-leave-it texts.”

1300 GMT - The Polish official leading U.N. talks to revive the Paris climate deal says his country is committed to greener fuel - even though his own president has vowed not to let anyone "murder coal mining".  Poland's Deputy Environment Minister Michal Kurtyka told Reuters Warsaw was not building any more new coal structures and was looking at new capacities in renewables.

Read more at Katowice COP24 Notebook:   Counting the Cost

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