Greta Thunberg says COP26 is limited to ‘blah, blah, blah’; UN chief warns of ‘catastrophe’ – Times of India


Paris: UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned of an imminent “climate catastrophe”, while environmental campaigners Greta Thunberg sacked on saturday COP26 Climate convention deal as “blah, blah, blah”.
And even those who have welcomed the deal Glasgow Said that a lot of work remains to be done.
In a statement after the agreement reached at the Glasgow summit on Saturday evening, Guterres acknowledged the shortcomings of the deal.
“The #COP26 result is a compromise, reflecting the state of interests, contradictions and political will in the world today,” he tweeted.
“It’s an important step, but it’s not enough.”
“Our fragile planet is hanging by a thread”, he warned, “we are still knocking on the door of climate catastrophe.”
In a follow-up tweet, a chief “Sent a message to young people, indigenous communities, women leaders, all those who are marching forward on #ClimateAction.”
“I know you may be disappointed. But we are at the battle of our lives and this battle has to be won.”
Thunberg, arguably the world’s most famous environmental campaigner, was more blunt in her assessment.
“#COP26 is over,” she tweeted. “Here’s a short summary: blah, blah, blah.
“But the real work continues outside these halls. And we will never give up.”
During the conference, Thunberg and other activists condemned the way it was playing out, arguing that world leaders had failed to match their words with actual action.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson remained relatively upbeat.
“There’s still a huge amount to come in the years to come,” Johnson said.
“But today’s agreement is a big step forward and, critically, we have the first international agreement to phase out coal and a roadmap to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees.”
A statement from the European Commission said the deal lived up to the goals of the 2015 Paris climate accord, “giving us the opportunity to limit global warming to 1.5 °C”.
Commission chair Ursula von der Leyen said delegates to the conference had made progress on commitments to cut hazardous emissions and raise $100 billion annually to help developing and vulnerable countries.
“But there will be no time to rest: there is still hard work ahead,” she said.
During the final talks, China and India insisted on weakening the language on fossil fuels in the final summit decision text. In recent times, the Australian government has vowed to sell coal for decades to come.
But Kevin Rudd, the former prime minister of Australia who is now president of the Asia Society, remained hopeful.
“While the official text may have precluded agreeing to phase out coal, statements made by world leaders in Glasgow leave no doubt that coal is being sent down for history.”
For Britain’s COP26 president Alok Sharma, the long, drawn-out talks had taken a toll.
“I apologize for the way this process turned out, as the final deal was settled. I am deeply sorry,” he added before thrashing his gavel.