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Climate activist Greta Thunberg calls Glasgow climate summit a failure |  Instagram

Climate activist Greta Thunberg calls Glasgow climate summit a failure | Instagram

In a speech to thousands of young people, Thunberg said that behind the scenes leaders of the Nordic countries refuse to act. According to the climate activist, global powers are doing nothing about climate change. “But they can’t ignore us,” Thunberg told the young men.

The climate activist argued that the people most affected by climate change remain unheard. “But the facts don’t lie,” Thunberg said. The climate activist warned that to ensure global warming is limited to 1.5 degrees, society must change radically. She described this as the result of the continued failure of world leaders to address the climate crisis. “We are tired of such and such.”

Thousands of protesters, mostly children and young adults, demanded more action against global warming with a climate rally in Glasgow, where the COP26 climate summit is being held. Protest signs and banners bearing texts such as “Time to work” and “Don’t give up on us.” A 9-year-old protester hopes “today there will be a change”. According to the girl, “everyone can make a difference” in the fight against climate change.

According to a group of researchers led by the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, world leaders don’t just have to turn to new plans to achieve climate goals. If the climate measures that have proven successful so far are implemented quickly, ambitiously and globally, they could help limit global warming to 2°C. This goal was agreed upon at the 2015 Paris Climate Summit.

Success measures can add up to two-thirds of the required reduction in CO2 emissions. The desirable maximum of 1.5 degrees of warming cannot be achieved with these measures alone.

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The climate goal in Paris often seems out of reach. That’s why the researchers considered a scenario in which successful procedures are performed more quickly. After all, this is “more politically feasible and cheaper in the long run”. The researchers rely on “nationally oriented short-term actions.” The scenario assumes that success measures will be deployed worldwide between now and 2030, and CO2 pricing will be introduced after 2030.

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