COP27 – UK lead negotiator: “I’m incredibly disappointed”

Posted: November 20, 2022 by oldbrew in COP27, Emissions, News, Politics
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Photosynthesis: nature requires carbon dioxide

Still claiming a minor trace gas essential to nature causes ‘huge climate impacts’. Unbelievable.
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A historic deal has been struck at the UN’s COP27 summit that will see rich nations pay poorer countries for damage and economic losses caused by climate change, claims BBC News.

It ends almost 30 years of waiting by nations facing huge climate impacts.

But developed nations left dissatisfied over progress on cutting fossil fuels.

“A clear commitment to phase-out all fossil fuels? Not in this text,” said the UK’s Alok Sharma, who was president of the previous COP summit in Glasgow.

This year’s talks in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, came close to collapse, and overran by two days.

Luke-warm applause met the historic moment the “loss and damage fund” was agreed in the early hours of Sunday, as a confusing and often chaotic 48 hours left delegates exhausted.

It is, though, a huge symbolic and political statement from developed nations that long resisted a fund that covers climate impacts like flooding and drought.

The summit began two weeks ago with powerful statements from vulnerable nations. “We will not give up… the alternative consigns us to a watery grave,” Bahamas Prime Minister Philip Davis said.

On Sunday, Pakistan’s climate minister Sherry Rehman, who negotiated for the bloc of developing countries plus China, told journalists she was very happy with the agreement.

“I am confident we have turned a corner in how we work together to achieve climate goals,” she said.

The devastating floods in at-risk nation Pakistan this summer, which killed about 1,700 people with estimated damages of $40 billion, have been a powerful backdrop at this summit.

On Sunday, Antigua and Barbuda environment minister Molwyn Joseph, and chair of the Alliance of Small Island States, said the deal was a “win for the entire world” and “restored global faith in this critical process dedicated to ensuring no one is left behind”.

But nations and groups including UK, EU, and New Zealand left Egypt unhappy with compromises on fossil fuels and curbing climate change.

“I’m incredibly disappointed that we weren’t able to go further,” UK lead negotiator Alok Sharma told journalists after talks concluded.

Countries that fought to weaken the ambition to rapidly cut greenhouse gas emissions – gases that warm the planet – need to look at-risk nations “in the eye,” he said.

The final overarching deal did not include commitments to “phase down” or reduce use of fossil fuels.

It also included ambiguous new language about “low emissions energy” – which experts here say could open the door to some fossil fuels being considered part of a green energy future.

Full report here.

  1. Gamecock says:

    ‘Luke-warm applause met the historic moment’

    Here’s your clue, Sherlock.

  2. catweazle666 says:

    “The final overarching deal did not include commitments to “phase down” or reduce use of fossil fuels.”
    But it was a bloody good party and a good time was had by all, so it wasn’t a dead loss!

  3. ivan says:

    How many climate ‘experts’ were there or was this just a party in the warm fot top bracket civil servants?
    If there were ‘experts’ there I assume they were those defined many years ago, in the 60s, by the definition that still applies today – X is an unknown quantity and a spurt is a drip under pressure.

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  5. oldbrew says:

    It also included ambiguous new language about “low emissions energy”

    Should be good for several more Cops-worth of ‘negotiations’.

  6. catweazle666 says:

    I note that there are rumours that Australia is already negotiating to hold FLOP31, oldbrew.

    [reply] sponsored by Qantas?

  7. oldbrew says:

    BY TYLER DURDEN ON NOV 18, 2022.

    Climate Cultists Have Worn Out Their Welcome—And The Public Is Angry

    There is no man-made global warming and carbon pollution (CO2) is not a threat to the future of the planet.

    All the talk of global warming in the media might make people believe that the Earth is rapidly plunging into a hot cauldron of doom, but according to a number of climate scientists the Earth’s temperature has risen less than 1°C in the past 100 years.

    That’s right: the Earth is supposed to be on the verge of Apocalypse because of less than ONE DEGREE of heat.
    . . .
    So what are climate change hysteria and the Extinction Rebellion really all about? In the case of activists, the issue is a need for rebellion and desperation for a cause.

  8. Graeme No.3 says:

    Our current PM is an AGW enthusiast. Our Minister for Electricity is busy destroying our generation so COP31 would have to held partly in the dark, with warm beer to drink. And while we are all cold and wet this year, were Climate Warming to start then (from previous experience) COP31 would be held in hot weather without air-conditioning.
    If the proposal doesn’t get dropped then I nominate Darwin as the venue. Very warm (and very humid) at this time of the year.

  9. Adam Gallon says:

    So, see you all next year, in Doha.
    Book your hotel rooms early to avoid disappointment.

  10. oldbrew says:

    Cop27 was a lot of hot air – again
    21 November 2022

    As often happens with these meetings, the talks went to the wire, with last-minute negotiations concluding with an outburst of mutual back-slapping for what was dubbed a “historic” agreement. The same was said in Rio in 1992.
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    Who is surprised?

  11. cognog2 says:

    Of course Alok Sharma will be disappointed. As the COP26 Chairman, did he not shed a tear or two at that result? It’s amazing what a dose of *NZE does for you.

    * (NZE —: Net Zero Emissions.)

  12. Gamecock says:

    “I’m incredibly disappointed . . . I’m trying to give your money away and I can’t get people to take it.”

  13. Ned Nikolov, Ph.D. says:

    On one hand, the COP27 Summit was a stunning display of human stupidity IMO, because blaming “climate change” on some trace-gas emissions by developed countries that amount to less than 0.000001% of atmospheric mass is as intelligent as blaming fat nations for increasing Earth’s gravity (by adding mass to the Planet) and making it difficult for everyone to walk.

    On the other hand, the silliness of the Western World in agreeing to pay reparations to developing countries for “climate damage” would allow for a global redistribution of wealth, which may have some positive aspects. Of course, it’s unlikely that the West will give money to the poor without strings attached… This may turn into a new form of enslaving the poor nations by the West. We shall see…

  14. oldbrew says:

    Any money, loans etc. flowing into the climate begging bowl will be for non-fossil fuel projects.

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