What happened today during the COP27 climate negotiations?  NPR

What happened today during the COP27 climate negotiations? NPR

What happened today during the COP27 climate negotiations? NPR

What happened today during the COP27 climate negotiations?  NPR

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres listens to Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi during the UN Climate Summit at COP27.

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International climate talks opened today with dire warnings of climate catastrophe, pleas to cut greenhouse gas emissions and plans for a new global weather early warning system.

The United Nations, which organizes the annual climate talks, says around 44,000 people are attending this year’s meeting in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt. That includes leaders of hundreds of countries. They have two weeks to discuss how to drastically cut greenhouse gas emissions and pay the costs of climate change.

This is what happened today.

The UN Secretary General has warned that we are on the “climate highway to hell”.


UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres did not mince words in his opening speech. “We are on the highway to climate hell with our foot on the accelerator,” he warned.

He also referred to the fact that during this climate meeting, the global population is expected to officially reach 8 billion people. “How will we respond when 8 billion children are old enough to ask, ‘What did you do for our world and our planet when you had the chance?'” Guterres asked a room full of world leaders.

There is a plan for a new early warning system for weather disasters

There is A new UN program warn people around the world about climate-related hazards such as extreme storms and floods. It’s called Early Warning for All.

About half the world is not covered by early warning systems that collect data on disaster risk, monitor and forecast hazardous weather and send emergency alerts, according to the United Nations.

Coverage is worst in developing countries, which have suffered the most from the effects of global warming.

The new plan provides $3.1 billion over the next five years to build early warning systems where they don’t already exist, starting with the poorest and most vulnerable countries and regions. More money will be needed to maintain warning systems longer term.

Rich countries and corporations were urged not to pay their fair share

Many world leaders have expressed their frustration that rich countries, including the United States, are not paying enough for the costs of climate change. Developing countries are in these negotiations demanding compensation for the damages caused from extreme storms and rising seas, known as “loss and damage”.

The US is the country most responsible for current global warming due to past greenhouse gas emissions.

Barbados Prime Minister Mia Amor Motley went one step further in her opening remarks to fellow leaders. He called out corporations that profit from our fossil fuel-intensive economy, including oil and gas companies.

Those corporations should help pay the costs of rising sea levels, stronger hurricanes, heat waves and droughts around the world, he argues, and especially in places like his nation that are extremely vulnerable to climate change and don’t have the money to do so. . protect themselves.

It was a dance performance about climate change

At the end of a several-hour session with world leaders, the presentation lasted about 3 minutes and talked about global warming.

Check it out for yourself here.


USA offers data to help communities prepare for climate risks

The US government is working with telecommunications company AT&T to provide free access to data on the nation’s future climate risks. The idea is to help community leaders better understand and prepare for local hazards from more extreme weather.

It Climate Risk and Sustainability Portal will initially provide information on temperature, precipitation, wind and drought conditions. Additional risks such as wildfires and floods will be added in the coming months.

“We want other organizations and communities to see where they are potentially vulnerable to climate change and take steps to become resilient,” AT&T Chief Sustainability Officer Charlene Lake. said in a news release.

World leaders pledge to save forests

More than two dozen countries say they will work together to halt and reverse deforestation and land degradation by 2030 to fight climate change.

Chaired by the US and Ghana, the Partnership for Forests and Climate Leaders includes 26 countries and the European Union, which together account for more than a third of the world’s forests.

More than 140 countries reached an agreement at last year’s COP26 in Glasgow to conserve forests and other ecosystems. However, in The United Nations said Monday that not enough money is spent on protecting forests, which trap and store carbon.

To encourage reporting, the Partnership for Forests and Climate Leaders says it will hold annual meetings and publish progress reports.

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