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Latest on United Nations Climate Summit COP26 in Glasgow:

Glasgow, Scotland – Hundreds of environmental activists have gathered in Glasgow Park to call on governments at the United Nations climate talks to intensify their action against global warming.

Activists, most of them youth, raised slogans at Friday’s rally, such as “I have to clean up my mess, why don’t you clean your mess?” and “stop climate crimes.”

The protests were part of a series of protests that were being organized around the world on Friday and Saturday to coincide with October 31-November. 12 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Scotland.

Some in the Glasgow demonstration accused negotiators at the COP26 conference of “greenwashing” failures to curb greenhouse gas emissions and of promoting policies not doing enough to prevent dangerous temperature rises in the coming decades.

“We are here as civil society to give them the message that ‘it’s done’,” said Valentina Ruiz, an 18-year-old Brazilian student.

“My biggest fear is to lose my country,” said 23-year-old activist Brianna Frauen from Samoa. Samo, a low-lying Pacific island nation, is particularly vulnerable to rising sea levels and cyclones,

Frauen was given the stage at the start of the conference, known as COP26, where he told leaders about the effects of climate change already being felt in their country.

“I’ll know if I’ve been heard by the end of COP,” she said.


Glasgow, Scotland – Major shipping companies on Friday called on governments to invest more money in researching and developing cleaner technologies to help industry reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The International Chamber of Shipping said the industry is not on track to meet its goal of reducing carbon emissions to zero-zero by 2050 with current policies.

The business group represents shipping companies which include MSC and Hapag Lloyd. Industry representatives and government ministers meeting at the United Nations Climate Summit in Glasgow.

The group said it is asking governments to increase R&D spending, including to support a proposal from the International Maritime Organization that would set up a $5 billion fund to promote clean shipping technology to shipowners.

Shipping currently accounts for about 3% of global emissions.


Glasgow, Scotland – The world’s richest people continue to produce the lion’s share of greenhouse gas emissions, says Oxfam, the anti-poverty charitable confederation.

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A study released Friday on the sidelines of the UN climate summit in Glasgow concluded that the richest 1% of the planet’s population is expected to account for 16% of total global emissions by 2030.

The study, commissioned by Oxfam, calculated that each member of the richest 1% would emit 30 times more than the 2.3 metric tons of carbon dioxide deemed consistent with the goal of capping global warming at 1.5 °C (2.7 Fahrenheit).

The poorest 50% on the planet, meanwhile, will continue to emit less than that amount per capita by 2030.

Oxfam said the study indicates that a small elite of the ultra-rich have “a free pass to pollute.”

“Emissions from a billionaire space flight would exceed the lifetime emissions of any of the poorest billion people on Earth,” said Nafkote Dabi, head of climate policy at Oxfam.

Dabi said emissions due to 10 percent of the wealthy could push the 1.5C-target out of reach by the end of the decade.

Tim Gore of the non-profit Institute for European Environmental Policy wrote the study. He suggested there is a need for measures to limit carbon emissions from luxury consumption such as mega-yachts, private jets and space travel.


Glasgow, Scotland – Environmental campaigners have awarded their ‘Fossil of the Day’ award to the Polish government – and then apparently backtracking – pledging to accelerate its phasing out of coal power.

The Climate Action Network, a group representing hundreds of non-governmental organizations, blasted Poland on Thursday for committing to ending coal use at the United Nations climate summit in Glasgow., but then declaring itself a poor country and sticking to its previous deadline of 2049.

The little-coveted award went to the United States on Wednesday, for what climate activists say was a new measure that primarily benefits industrial agriculture companies rather than ordinary farmers.

The US shared the prize with France for efforts by the European Union to classify natural gas and nuclear power plants as sustainable forms of energy, and on 31 October to represent oil majors such as Chevron and Shell in international emissions trading. with the union. -November 12 talks.

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