As the world marked the 50th anniversary of Earth Day on Wednesday, calls were growing for governments to treat the shock of the coronavirus with “green recovery” packages to spur a shift to a low-carbon future. Although many countries remain on a pandemic emergency footing, some investors, politicians and companies see the longer-term economic response as a chance to address the more profound risks posed by climate change. “There’s a lot of pressure for those fiscal stimulus packages, when they come, to be low-carbon, climate-smart,” Peter Betts, a former lead climate negotiator for Britain and the European Union, told Reuters Television. “A risk, clearly, is that for some governments around the world there will be a huge premium on getting the economy moving, getting people back into jobs,” said Betts, now an associate fellow at the Chatham House think-tank in London. With a major U.N. climate summit initially scheduled to take place in Glasgow in November postponed to next year because of the virus, Betts said the slot could be used instead to convene finance ministers to coordinate green recovery plans.
Reuters 22nd April 2020 read more »
Decisive action is needed to tackle the accelerating climate crisis, the United Nations has warned on the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. Reports released to mark the annual celebration of environmental protection, which is being held online due to the coronavirus pandemic, warn that the last five years were the hottest on record globally, while 2019 was Europe’s hottest year. While the world’s focus is on the Covid-19 crisis, the UN is also warning of the deeper environmental emergency the planet faces, and urging countries to use the recovery from the pandemic to tackle climate change.
Belfast Telegraph 22nd April 2020 read more »