Irreconcilable rift cripples UN climate talks as majority stand against polluters. Longest climate summit in history ended weakly as nations on both sides held hardline positions. The rift between a growing climate vanguard and a handful of countries obstructing progress meant countries failed to finalise the rules of the Paris Agreement at talks that finished on Sunday. The UN’s longest-ever climate summit drew to a close after two additional days and nights of difficult negotiations. Ministers and diplomats in Madrid were under pressure to agree common rules to set up a global carbon market and signal their readiness to boost climate action ahead of a key summit in Glasgow, UK, next year. But a failure to reach consensus on key issues weakened the final decision on ambition and pushed back a decision on carbon markets into next year.
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Marathon climate talks finally closed in Madrid today with nations signing off on a compromise agreement that stressed the urgent need to deliver deeper cuts in greenhouse gas emissions and restrict global warming to 1.5C, but yet again failed to finalise crucial sections of the Paris Agreement.
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Here are key quotes from leaders, experts and activists on the UN Climate Change Conference (COP25) outcome.
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‘Profound disconnect between people and politicians’: Major decisions deferred as marathon Madrid climate summit grinds to a close.
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Few countries came up with new targets at these talks, and the hope is that next year there will be more. Strong public and political pressure will be needed, participants acknowledged, as these talks were characterised by squabbling over technical details. Brazil, Australia, the US, China and other major emitters were all accused of holding up progress. The snail’s pace and low ambition of the talks stood in stark contrast to pleas from activists, who staged a 500,000-strong march through the Spanish capital. Greta Thunberg, the Swedish school striker, said the last year of protests had “achieved nothing” as countries were still failing to bring forward the measures needed.
Guardian 15th Dec 2019 read more »
COP25: Key outcomes agreed at the UN climate talks in Madrid. Ultimately, however, the talks were unable to reach consensus in many areas, pushing decisions into next year under “Rule 16” of the UN climate process. Matters including Article 6, reporting requirements for transparency and “common timeframes” for climate pledges were all punted into 2020, when countries are also due to raise the ambition of their efforts.
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