Visitor essay by Eric Worrall
Even after personally recovering from Covid-19, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his authorities considers local weather motion such a precedence, they’re collectively internet hosting a excessive degree local weather summit with Germany to attempt to divert restoration cash into renewable power.
Coronavirus restoration plan ‘should sort out local weather change’
By Roger HarrabinBBC setting analyst
25 April 2020
Atmosphere ministers from 30 international locations are assembly in a two-day on-line convention in a bid to make progress on slicing greenhouse fuel emissions.
The gathering known as the “Petersberg Local weather Dialogue”.
It can concentrate on organise a “inexperienced” financial restoration after the acute section of the pandemic is over.
The opposite purpose is to forge worldwide settlement on bold carbon cuts regardless of the postponement of the important thing convention COP26 – beforehand scheduled for Glasgow in November (now and not using a date).
Alok Sharma, the UK Local weather Secretary and president of COP26, mentioned: “I’m dedicated to rising world local weather ambition in order that we ship on the Paris Settlement (to stabilise temperature rise nicely under 2C).
“The world should work collectively, because it has to cope with the coronavirus pandemic, to assist a inexperienced and resilient restoration, which leaves nobody behind.
“On the Petersberg Local weather Dialogue, we’ll come collectively to debate how we are able to flip ambition into actual motion.”
Learn extra: https://www.bbc.com/information/science-environment-52418624
The Petersberg Local weather Dialogue is an annual assembly of presidency ministers, usually held in particular person, however this yr’s occasion will probably be a web based assembly on the 27-28th April. Ministers from 30 governments are anticipated to attend this yr’s on-line occasion.
What can I say? Not solely did the Boris Johnson authorities completely mess up the preliminary UK Coronavirus response by callously embracing enhanced demise charges as the value of “herd immunity”, earlier than pulling again in panic when the dimensions of the blunder grew to become apparent, his authorities now plans to squander cash raised to assist individuals who suffered financial hardship on ineffective inexperienced power investments, and even worse intends to encourage different governments to do the identical.