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Bloomberg at United Nations climate talks to push for USA action

Bloomberg at United Nations climate talks to push for USA action”

Dubbed MENA Climate Week, it will bring together governments, the private sector, and civil society from the region to discuss the serious threat of climate change and collaborate on swift, bold actions to address this challenge.

Scientists say their use needs to end by the middle of the century if average temperatures on Earth are to rise no more than 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit by 2100, the target set in the Paris agreement.

"The index shows signs of a global turnaround in emissions, including declining coal consumption".

Elan Strait, director of United States climate Campaigns WWF, told AFP: "The world is desperate to hear real American leadership on climate change". After the Trump administration stopped paying USA dues to the global body's climate office, Bloomberg's philanthropic organization stepped in to foot the bill. The U.S. has sent a career diplomat, Ambassador Marcia Bernicat, as head of its delegation. "If we take these steps, I'm really optimistic we can succeed".

"Businesses understand what's at stake and they are not waiting for better leadership in Washington", Bloomberg said.

In a related context, Qatar recently launched the "One Million Tree Initiative", as a social programme to promote environmental sustainability, adapt to the expected effects of climate change, reduce emissions and improve air quality, the minister added.

One climate policy expert questioned the narrow focus of Bloomberg's report, however.

"This science based assessment shows again that in particular the large climate polluters do hardly anything for the transformational shift we need", said Stephan Singer from the Climate Action Network.

Australia has pledged to reduce emissions by 26 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030 as part of the Paris agreement.

None of the 57 most polluting countries is on track to reduce the necessary emissions to reach the targets of the Paris Agreement, according to a report introduced at the COP25 climate summit.

Addressing the 25th session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in the Spanish capital Madrid Tuesday, the minister said that within the framework of Qatar's support to the efforts of the worldwide community to confront climate change, Doha hosted in 2012 the 18th session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, adding that Qatar is also a founding member of the Global Green Growth Institute which helps developing countries to pursue development strategies based on sustainability principles.

Environmental activists are hoping the European Union will present an ambitious plan this week to cut emissions in the medium- and long-term that would send a message of hope to tired negotiators in Madrid.

American actor Harrison Ford said it is time to listen to those "who will inherit what we have wrought".

"The next president of the United States should end all subsidies for fossil fuel companies and fossil fuel extraction, and that includes tax breaks and other special treatment", Bloomberg said during an event on sustainable finances organized by the conference host, Spain.

Campaigners have long criticised Environment Minister Richard Bruton's policies on the climate emergency, which they say do not go far enough to tackle the issues.

The Associated Press Health and Science Department receives support from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute's Department of Science Education.



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