The oil and coal producers want to water down the work of COP26

The oil and coal producers want to water down the work of COP26

Some countries are trying to thwart the work of the United Nations Climate Conference, lobbying to bail out the interests of fossil energy producers

(Photo: drpepperscott230 from Pixabay) Some of the largest coal producing nations , oil, beef and feed are trying to weaken the UN climate report, which will be presented during COP26, the negotiations to decide the international strategy to tackle the climate crisis. In particular, these countries have lobbied the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to remove recommendations against the use of coal, oil and the need to reduce intensive cattle production in order to protect their interests. countries.

Russia, Australia, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Japan, Iraq, Kuwait, Libya, Nigeria, United Arab Emirates, Venezuela, Brazil and Argentina are the countries that have put the most pressure on the IPCC to weaken the report on the measures needed to combat the climate crisis. This was revealed by the investigative journalism group of Greenpeace, Unearthed, following a leak that includes over 32 thousand requests, indications and comments sent by governments and companies to the working group number 3 of the IPCC, which is responsible for evaluating measures to combat climate change.

According to the documents, oil, coal and gas producing countries have tried to have the recommendations on phasing out fossil fuels removed. In a comment reported by Unearthed, another Australian official allegedly even argued that eliminating coal-fired power plants would not serve to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. On the other hand, the large meat and dairy producers, such as Brazil and Argentina, would have tried to cancel the parts in which the IPCC supports the promotion of plant-based diets and the reduction of the consumption of meat and dairy products. >
According to climate scientist Simon Lewis, of University College London, "these documents show the tactics that some countries are willing to adopt to hinder and delay the cut in CO 2 emissions," he told Unearthed "on the eve of of the crucial COP26 talks, it is necessary to let the public know what these governments are doing behind the scenes ”. On the other hand, reassurances have come from the IPCC on the integrity of his work process. Members of the organization argued that its processes were designed to protect itself from lobbying, through a "diverse and balanced team of authors, an open-to-all review process, and consensus-based decision making on texts."
In a few days the various world leaders, including those of the nations mentioned in the leak, will sit at the COP26 negotiating table in Glasgow. A conference described by the United Nations as “the world's last chance to keep unstoppable climate change under control”.

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