"Rome: Progress on climate change has come to a grinding halt at the very
moment world leaders were supposed to pick up speed towards a global consensus.
A deep divide among the world’s big economies has wrecked an attempt at greater
ambition over the weekend and may fatally weaken a second attempt in the next
Two months after scientists issued a report that set a clear target for the
world – to limit rising temperatures to 1.5 degrees – political leaders reached
an agreement that paid no attention to it.
The G20 meeting in Rome finished with a commitment to hold temperature
increases to well below 2 degrees, the goal set in the Paris Agreement six
years ago. They agreed only to “pursue” the objective of 1.5 degrees.
“They say they respect the science. But they basically say 2 degrees is good
enough. Whereas the scientists say it is absolutely not,” says University of
Toronto professor John Kirton, who heads a team at the G20 Research Group that
assesses each summit."
Via Robert Sanscartier.
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