COP 26 - GLASGOW
- 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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
22 - PRESIDENT ALOK SHARMA - CHAIR
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.
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.
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
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:
- 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.
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.
COP 1, BERLIN, GERMANY
2020 - Postponed - A year without any progress, that the planet can ill afford
COP 26 Glasgow, Scotland 1st-12th November
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.
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