Politics – Greta Thunberg is pessimistic about prospects of world climate summit in Glasgow

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Climate activist Greta Thunberg was pessimistic about the upcoming world climate conference COP26 in Glasgow, Scotland. “As it stands now, there will be no major changes from this COP,” she told AFP news agency.

Climate activist Greta Thunberg was pessimistic about the upcoming world climate conference COP26 in Glasgow, Scotland. “As it stands now, there will be no major change from this COP,” Sweden told AFP news agency on the sidelines of a climate change concert in Stockholm on Saturday. “We have to keep applying pressure”. Governments have to “focus from trying to make up the loophole” to “really saving the planet”.

Talks to further reduce greenhouse gas emissions will be held at the conference in Glasgow, Scotland, from 31 October to 12 November. In the run-up, German Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) and US President Joe Biden campaigned for tightening national climate protection goals. Several states announced new initiatives, for example to increase aid payments to developing countries and reduce methane emissions.

A UN report from September showed that national commitments announced so far are not sufficient to limit man-made global warming to below two degrees Celsius, as agreed in the Paris Agreement. In August, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warned that global average temperatures in 2030 would exceed 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels – a decade ahead of forecast three years ago.

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