A draft agreement at the climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland, expresses “alarm and concern” about our planet’s global warming in 2021 and well beyond.
The Associated Press reported on November 10 that coal mining and production remain a principal element of that concern. “There is a big push at the summit by most developed countries to close coal-fired power plants,” says the AP.
“These are a major source of heat-trapping gases”, according to a team of AP reporters, “but coal remains a critical and cheap source of electricity for China and India.” Those two neighboring Asia giants have a combined population of 2.7 billion, or about a third of the latest world total, 7.9 billion people.
Halfway through the second and crucial week of the two-week long climate summit, prospects for meaningful solutions appear to be grim
As reports from the Glasgow summit point out, time is running out there for meaningful progress. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was returning to the conference on November 10 to appeal that the summit “turn promises into actions.”
The latest AP reports, as of November 10, are that Mr. Johnson and U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres are meeting urgently with government officials, negotiators, and civil society groups in an attempt to encourage momentum in the remaining days of the summit.
So far, there have been some pledges on limiting coal production, funding green technology, and reversing deforestation, but no formal moves have been announced
United States participation in Glasgow climate summit
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the highest-ranking American attending the summit, maintained that moves by the Biden administration to cut methane emissions have helped spur more than 100 nations to join a nonbinding pledge to do the same.
(Methane is a potent adverse climate change-relevant gas that leaks from natural gas facilities, oilfields, farms, and landfills). According to experts, more than 100 countries have joined in a nonbinding anti-methane pledge.
One member of the United States delegation in Glasgow, Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-New York), appealed to young activists who have pressed governments to cut climate-damaging fossil fuel pollution: “I would say: ‘Stay in the streets. Keep pushing’.”
The Glasgow climate talks are due to end on November 12. Several news agencies, however, speculate that these may be extended by conference participants by several days if definitive climate change recommendations are not reached.
As a 36-year veteran of the Voice of America (VOA), Alan Heil traveled to more than 40 countries a foreign correspondent in the Middle East, and later as director of News and Current Affairs, deputy director of programs, and deputy director of the nation’s largest publicly-funded overseas multimedia network. Today, VOA reaches more than 275 million people around the world each week via radio, television and online media. Read More