COP 26 - GLASGOW

 

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CARBON OFFSET - The COP26 boss  has said that the entire conference will be “carbon offset” and ministers will work with dedicated companies to make up for the thousands of miles they will fly to get there. Mr Sharma, and all UK officials’ travel will be balanced out so it does not harm the planet.
This could see donations to ocean clean-up efforts, tree planting, funding for new innovation projects or training farmers to work in an eco-friendly way.

 

 

 


The independent Climate Change Committee estimates costs could reach an eye-watering £1.4trillion, and officials still have yet to lay out their plans for how it will be done.

 

Energy and environment ministers from the Group of 20 rich nations failed to agree on the wording of key climate change commitments in their final communique, Italy's Ecological Transition Minister Roberto Cingolani said on Friday 23rd July. 

The G20 meeting was supposed to have been a decisive step ahead of United Nations climate talks, known as COP 26, which takes place in Glasgow in November. But it was a bust.

The failure to agree common language ahead of that gathering is seen as a setback to hopes of securing a meaningful accord in Scotland.

 

 

 

The Queen expressing her irritation at leaders talk and no action  

 

 

ALL TALK NO ACTION - Pressed as to whether he thought the Queen was talking about the UK's Government, Grant Shapps (UK transport minister) replied: “Well she specifically referred to who was coming, actually, so I don’t think it was intended in that sense, but nonetheless, she made the comments not intending it to be overheard.” Or did she? We'd not be surprised if her level of exasperation, at the lack of action at home as well as overseas, spilled out a little. For sure, there has been very little action in the UK on EV infrastructure. As policy leadership goes, the UK is behind the curve as usual. How about tax breaks and grants for green hydrogen service stations!

 

 

 

Greenpeace protestors: See you in court.

 

 

CONSERVATIVE CONUNDRUM - Greenpeace has threatened to take the Conservative government to court if it approves drilling at a new oil field in Scotland. Despite hosting this year's Cop26 climate conference, ministers are considering green-lighting the gas and oil project at Cambo, a North Atlantic site west of Shetland. No matter how you cut it, if this application gets the go ahead, how will the UK be able to hold its head up high when seeking to persuade India and China to stop burning coal. The journey to clean air is unlikely to be smooth, with Brits rightly fearing they will be hammered with massive bills to pay for it all, since the country is already in serious debt from years of inequitable policies.

 

 


"Commitments made today lack substance and ambition. It is now up to G20 heads of state and government to discard this document at the October leaders' summit," said online activist network Avaaz.

Negotiations with China, Russia and India proved especially tough where China and India had declined to sign two contested points, one of which was phasing out coal power, which most countries wanted to achieve by 2025 but some said would be impossible for them.

The other point concerned the wording surrounding a 1.5-2 degree Celsius limit on global temperature increases that was set by the 2015 Paris Agreement.

 

 

 

 

 

Expectations are high, and rightly so. After all, to quote Sir David Attenborough, this is our “last chance” to tackle climate change and its effect on weather, oceans, biodiversity, and ultimately our way of life.

This year we’ve seen (again) first-hand the effects of extreme weather, from heatwaves and wildfires sweeping North America, to floods and heavy rain devastating parts of Europe and cities in China.

 

 

 

COP26: JULY 22 - PRESIDENT ALOK SHARMA - CHAIR

The Pacific-UK High Level Climate Dialogue brought together Pacific Islands Leaders with the COP26 President Designate in an important milestone ahead of COP26 in Glasgow this November. This event, delivered in collaboration with Wilton Park and One CROP (Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme and the Pacific Community), built on previous engagement with the region on climate change, and provided a unique opportunity for Pacific Island Leaders and the COP President to engage in open and frank discussion ahead of COP26.

Leaders from Fiji, the Federated States of Micronesia, Palau, Tuvalu, Niue, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Ministers from Nauru, Cook Islands, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu, the CEO of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Samoa, youth leader Gladys Habu, the Secretary General of the Pacific Island Forum, Directors General from the Pacific Regional Environment Programme, the Pacific Community and the Forum Fisheries Agency attended the event.

 

 

 

Alok Sharma, president of COP 26

 

 

BRITISH MP - Mr Sharma, 53, has seen the “tragic” effects of the rise in greenhouse gas emissions and says: “Look around the world and you can see the impacts of climate change.

“I’ve just returned from the Carribean. Barbuda was hit by Hurricane Irma in 2017, and it literally feels like it came through a week ago, it’s as fresh as that. “The buildings aren’t fixed, the roofs are still blown off buildings.” But is there really anything Britain, which creates just one per cent of global emissions, can do about it, when China and other nations are still burning coal?

 

Alok Sharma is a British politician, serving as the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy from February 2020 in Boris Johnson's cabinet.

 

He was also appointed President of the United Nations Conference of the Parties, COP26, to be held in Glasgow, Scotland between 9-20th November 2020, but that was placed on hold - the delays in negotiations adding to climate misery and carbon footprints. Mr Sharma replaced Claire Perry as climate summit chief in a surprising move by PM Boris Johnson.

 

Alok was previously the Secretary of State for International Development from July 2019 to February 2020. He was elected in 2010 as the Conservative Member of Parliament for Reading West.

 

 

 

Leaders agreed with the COP26 President that the world needs to step up its emissions targets and its actions to keep the 1.5 temperature limit alive, noting that we have now reached levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere that we have not seen for 3 million years. Leaders talked about the need for greater action sooner, commenting that flattening the curve on temperature warming by the middle of the century would be too late, that emissions must peak by 2025. Early peaking is necessary not only to protect climate vulnerable Pacific SIDS but also larger, more resilient countries who will also experience greater severity and frequency of heat domes, wildfires, floods and storms and therefore need to take action to close the mitigation gap. High emitters, especially G20, must commit to higher mitigation targets now, and COP26 must set the path for peaking emissions by 2025. Finance and access to finance are lagging behind the needs of countries.

Participants highlighted the importance of including super pollutants, such as methane, black carbon and HFCs, in reduction targets. Rapid reduction of these powerful GHGs could make a significant difference to the achievability of the 1.5° target.

 

 

 

   

 

 

ACTS OF GOD - JULY 2021 - Floods in London, Belgium and Germany cause huge damage to property, with temperatures soaring. Despite this, one crisis now circulating is the “global water crisis”. That, in combination with the global warming crisis, of course is leading to mass crop failures, thirst and later mass starvation in hundreds of millions, unless we act now. The German states of Rhineland-Palatinate and North Rhine-Westphalia were worst hit, but the Netherlands is also badly affected. Is the good Lord trying to tell us something?

 

 

 

 

COP 25 2019

 

Back in 2019, many key issues remained without unanimous resolution. In light of this, as well as the ever-increasing threat of global warming, COP26 is considered to be an event of particular urgency, and one that experts hope will signify an acceleration of proactive global efforts to combat climate change. Over 190 world leaders are expected to attend the conference in Glasgow, where they will be joined by government representatives, businesses, non-profit organisations and citizens for 12 days of climate talks. Amongst the discussion points of the summit, there are some fundamental goals that the UK will strive to achieve. These include: 

- securing global Net Zero emissions by the middle of the century and continuing to strive towards limiting global warming to a maximum of 1.5 degrees above pre-industrial levels; 

 

- the deployment of adaptation measures to protect vulnerable communities and natural habitats from the impacts of climate change; 

 

- the mobilisation of financial aid by developed countries to achieve global Net Zero; and 

 

- acceleration of collaborations between governments, business and society in order to achieve ambitious climate goals. 

 

 

 

Kawasaki Heavy Industries, cryogenic liquid hydrogen fuel tanker for Japanese renewables

 

 

JAPAN'S DEVELOPING HYDROGEN ECONOMY - Japan has bee exploring the possibility of importing Norwegian energy in the form of liquid hydrogen. These would be annual shipments of around 225,000 tonnes of hydrogen, which would be sufficient to power three million cars. For Norway to generate all this by electrolysis would require some 14 TWh of energy a year, equivalent to 10 – 12 per cent of the country’s electricity production. We can expect to see more trading, where the oil fields and offshore rigs no longer govern economies, but solar and wind farms in remote locations come to fruition to save the day.



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2020 - Postponed - A year without any progress, that the planet can ill afford

2021 COP 26 Glasgow, Scotland 1st-12th November

 

 

 

 

 

Elizabeth Swann

 

 

ZEWT ALORS - The solar and hydrogen powered 'Elizabeth Swann' has a hull configuration that is ideal to incorporate mass hydrogen storage tanks, offering ranges of up to 4,000nm on compressed gas, or the ability to circumnavigate the globe on one fill up of liquid hydrogen, stored in two cryogenic tanks, in under 80 days, to equal the famous Jules Verne round the world record.

 

 

 

 

 

 

COP 26 LINKS

 

https://ukcop26.org/

https://www.g20.org/
https://www.thedailystar.net/world/europe/news/g20-fails-agree-climate-goals-communique-2136381
https://www.independent.co.uk/climate-change/news/uk-cambo-oil-field-greenpeace-b1888574.html

https://ukcop26.org/

https://www.g20.org/
https://www.thedailystar.net/world/europe/news/g20-fails-agree-climate-goals-communique-2136381
https://www.independent.co.uk/climate-change/news/uk-cambo-oil-field-greenpeace-b1888574.html

 

 

 

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