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COP27: the view from Devon

  • by JW

“There’s no sign of a drop in CO2 emissions.”

“Invest in local green technology improving climate change resilience.”


COP27 has finished.

Emissions will continue, however:

Cop27 has reached a historic agreement on a fund to compensate vulnerable countries for irrevocable climate damages – but there was disappointment that it did not go far enough to slash the greenhouse gas emissions spurring runaway climate change. Cop27: Historic deal to create loss and damage fund | The Independent

Although a fund for the most vulnerable has been set up:

A historic deal has been struck by almost 200 countries at the UN summit COP27 to establish a fund to help poorer nations cope with the impacts of climate change. Landmark climate change deal struck at UN summit COP27 in Egypt to help poorest countries hardest hit by global warming | Sky News Australia

There has been a huge amount of lobbying to keep fossil fuels going:

One key takeaway from COP27 was the presence and power of fossil fuel – be they delegates or countries. Attendees connected to the oil and gas industry were everywhere. Some 636 were part of country delegations and trade teams. The crammed pavilions felt at times like a fossil fuel trade fair. This influence was clearly reflected in the final text. Climate change: Five key takeaways from COP27 – BBC News

And this lobbying has included those countries with fossil fuels:

Nations, including the G20 group, are anxious for the world to urgently cut fossil fuel use. But developing nations like India – or those reliant on oil and gas – push back, because they want to exploit their reserves, as western countries did historically. COP27: Climate costs deal struck but no fossil fuel progress – BBC News

Meanwhile, in Devon, local MP Anne-Marie Morris has commented:

Ultimately, to achieve net zero emissions globally will require work from everyone. There has been quite a focus on climate justice – both recognising that poorer countries may be more vulnerable to the effects of climate change, and that supporting these countries to work towards decarbonisation is morally the right thing to do. However, success depends on getting the bigger contributors to climate change like China and Saudi Arabia to buy-in. Any financial support for poorer countries should be used to invest in local green technology improving their climate change resilience. Anne Marie Morris MP with her latest column – ‘Facing the climate change challenge’ |

Finally, the University of Exeter continues to be a centre for research on climate change:

University of Exeter at COP27 climate talks | Mirage News

Listen to the all of the Stories published during COP27 · GreenFutures

Research news – ‘Climate activism is everywhere – and not just on the streets,’ claim authors of new book – University of Exeter

(18) University of Exeter News on Twitter: “Last Friday, the annual Global Carbon Budget (GCB) was published – making international headlines; warning us that there’s no sign of a drop in CO2 emissions But what is the GCB and why does it matter? 🧵 @gcarbonproject @UniofExeter @GSI_Exeter @uniofeastanglia” / Twitter