Britain needs to find a new high-level leader of its team preparing for this year’s crunch climate talks in Glasgow as a matter of extreme urgency. That is the clear message from politicians, senior scientists and climate experts following last week’s sacking of Claire O’Neill as president of the climate talks, known as COP26. Among those who have been touted to take over the task of preparing for the climate conference include Michael Gove, Zac Goldsmith and Andrea Leadsom. Former Conservative leaders William Hague and Michael Howard have also been suggested as possible candidates. “It is going to have to be a very senior, experienced politician or diplomat if we are to have a hope of saving these talks,” said one senior source. “We have fallen badly behind in our preparations for the conference, which is essentially our last real hope of halting dangerous global warming, and we need a big hitter to get us back on track.” Although the summit is not until November, massive diplomatic and logistical hurdles will have to be overcome if the talks are to succeed. Governments worldwide are meant to offer tough new targets, agreed in Paris in 2015, for cutting greenhouse gas emissions in order to prevent the world overheating dangerously later this century.
Observer 2nd Feb 2020 read more »
Claire Perry O’Neill, the former energy minister, is consulting lawyers after she was removed from her role running the UN climate change conference. Perry O’Neill has told friends that Boris Johnson and his most senior aides gave three different reasons for her dismissal from her role at the conference, known as COP26, which is due to take place in November in Glasgow. She is considering legal action if she does not receive a proper explanation. She took on the job after leaving parlianent at the election but was informed that her services were no longer required in a telephone conversation with Dominic Cummings, Johnson’s most senior aide, on Friday. A minister will replace her. Perry O’Neill is then understood to have talked to the prime minister and to Sir Edward Lister, another senior figure in No 10, with whom she had been discussing plans for the conference.
Times 2n d Feb 2020 read more »
CONCERN has been raised over Westminster’s handling of the crucial UN climate change summit planned for Glasgow following the shock sacking of the woman in charge. Former climate minister Claire Perry O’Neill has criticised the UK Government after being removed from her role as “president” of the November event.
The National 2nd Feb 2020 read more »