UN climate summit under threat because of Coronavirus 

Posted: March 18, 2020 by oldbrew in climate, IPCC, News, Travel

Try not to weep. It will no doubt take place eventually, and hundreds of fuel-thirsty jets will descend on Scotland – or somewhere else – to discuss one more time how not to burn fuel in order to ‘save the world’, or something.

International climate talks scheduled for Glasgow in November have been thrown into doubt as the global clampdown on travel intensifies because of the coronavirus pandemic, reports the Financial Times (via The GWPF).

Government officials said it was increasingly likely that the annual UN gathering would be postponed given the fast-changing situation.

“Nothing is definite yet but from my vantage point I would bet on it being cancelled pretty soon,” said one Whitehall official.

One senior figure close to the talks said that it was “near impossible” to do the requisite diplomatic heavy lifting required in the lead-up to the summit: “It makes some sense to push back the timetable,” he said.

The “COP26” would see more than 30,000 people from around the world come to Scotland for about a fortnight for intense discussions on how to cut carbon emissions in the coming years.

With big international gatherings, such as the IMF spring meetings, already either cancelled or made virtual, participants in such conferences said it was inevitable that the COP26 meeting was not certain to go ahead on schedule.

  1. oldbrew says:

    The world’s biggest conference call? Probably not…

    Coronavirus: Could COP26 climate summit be held by video conference?

    ‘What is needed to be seen is whether our habit of requiring face to face meetings can be overcome as we move forward in time,’ says former chief scientific advisor as virus threatens to derail conference


  2. dennisambler says:

    Think of the “carbon footprint” of all those servers working flat out 24/7

  3. ivan says:

    It should be cancelled for two reasons 1) it saves unnecessary expense 2) it would stop all the posers jetting round the world and virtue signalling how good they are.

    Apart from that the IPCC should be eradicated – that would stop all the stupidity.

  4. Damian says:

    Would you rather find a “solution” to climate change or obstruct any agreement and continue to attend a five star, all expenses paid jolly each year?

  5. Coeur de Lion says:

    I will be desperately disappointed if COP26 fails. I am so looking forward to all that pointless posturing and the enthusiastic BBC coverage gradually becoming less so, then the cover up, the putting on of a brave face, as everyone realises COP26 is just like failed COP15 at Copenhagen and all since. Dammit.

  6. oldbrew says:

    Most national exchequers won’t exactly be overflowing this year.

  7. Saighdear says:

    save the money -and on preparation = more money saved All happy. Oh ! Let the Kids do it – As they are allowed to go to school / same thing ? ( somewhere ) without spreading that carnivorous disease, Result will be a foregone conclusion of nonsense anyway. A Win-win situation.

  8. oldbrew says:

    Coronavirus in Scotland: Dominic Raab warns COP26 climate summit in Glasgow could be postponed
    1 hour ago

    THE global climate change talks in Glasgow might have to be delayed because of the coronavirus outbreak, Dominic Raab has warned.

    The Foreign Secretary said the UK Government had not given up hope that it could still host the COP26 summit in November as planned but he warned that it would be a “challenge”.

    “I can’t give you a cast-iron guarantee, things are moving so quickly,” he told the Commons Foreign Affairs Committee.

    – – –
    The co-hosts of COP26 are…Italy 🤔

  9. oldbrew says:

    Coronavirus slows developing nations’ plans to step up climate action in 2020
    Published on 18/03/2020

    – – –
    Suddenly there’s a real problem to work on instead.

  10. Henning Nielsen says:

    National budgets won’t budge because of the COP 26 costs, it is paid for by the UN. And they get their money from you and me, and I doubt that western governments will severely cut their contributions to the UN. So there is no need to worry in for instance the poor West African country of Guinea, who sent more than 400 delegates to Brazil / Chile / Spain.

  11. oldbrew says:

    If there’s a queue for handouts Guinea will have the most elbows.

  12. oldbrew says:

    BBC: Have UK Experts Over-Egged Coronavirus Deaths?
    Date: 21/03/20 BBC News

    Would these people be dying anyway?
    . . .
    Every year more than 500,000 people die in England and Wales: factor in Scotland and Northern Ireland, and the figure tops 600,000.

    The coronavirus deaths will not be on top of this. Many would be within this “normal” number of expected deaths. In short, they would have died anyway.

    It was a point conceded by Sir Patrick at a press conference on Thursday when he said there would be “some overlap” between coronavirus deaths and expected deaths – he just did not know how much of an overlap.


  13. chickenhawk says:

    They should listen to Joe Biden.
    He believes they have this thing now called “Teleconferencing” .

  14. oldbrew says:

    COP 26 might struggle to find enough toilet paper for 30,000 bon viveurs over 2 weeks.

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