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Should fossil fuel companies that knew their products contributed to climate change for nearly 40 years and did nothing about it now be allowed to have their say inside the UN climate talks?
For the International Emissions Trading Association (IETA), a business lobby comprised of some of the world’s largest fossil fuel producers and greenhouse gas emitters such as BP, Chevron, Rio Tinto, Eni, Total and Shell, the answer is yes.
“Fundamentally,” the IETA writes, “we believe that our businesses should be part of the climate negotiations — because we intend to be part of the solution”.
The UN climate talks are often portrayed as an exclusive and inaccessible place in which ordinary people's voices are rarely heard. As the clock to prevent catastrophic climate change ticks away, there is a growing disconnect between people ready to put themselves on the frontline of climate action and the slow, politically-driven global negotiations.
Over recent months, new grassroots movements have used radical actions to compel governments to respond to climate breakdown.
For instance, Extinction Rebellion, a nonviolent civil disobedience movement, blocked roads and bridges in central London and saw campaigners glue themselves to government building. Inspired by 15-year-old Greta Thunberg, the “School Strike 4 Action” movement has also seen thousands of children in Australia walk out of classrooms to demand the federal government take action on climate change.
In an age of “fake news” and disinformation, in which climate science deniers have been elected to the head of some of the world’s largest governments, the UN climate talks continue to act as a stage for those who wish to cast doubt on the climate crisis.
And in Katowice, Poland, where the UN climate talks — known as COP24 — are underway, it was no different. A small group of climate science deniers tried to grab attention by hosting an event on the fringe of the conference, claiming to “present the science that debunks UN alarmism”.
But this year, very few were paying attention.
By Karl Mathiesen, Climate Home News.
A deal in Poland that draws a hard line between developed and developing countries may be unacceptable to future administrations — Democratic or Republican.
UN climate talks this fortnight could determine whether a post-Trump U.S. president would rejoin the Paris Agreement, according to two former top Obama officials.
A government credit agency tasked with bolstering the UK’s export opportunities is to be investigated by parliament over its ongoing support of fossil fuel projects.
The House of Commons’ Environmental Audit Committee (EAC), chaired by Labour MP Mary Creagh, is launching an inquiry into the UK Export Finance’s (UKEF) activities in light of the UK's climate commitments under the government’s Clean Growth Strategy.
That strategy aims to lay out the pathway for the UK’s economy to grow while also cutting its greenhouse gas emissions. But environmental campaigners have accused UKEF's activities of directly contradicting the UK's commitment to tackling climate change.
The UN's annual climate talks kick off next week in the southern Polish city of Katowice, in the country’s coal heartland. The stakes are high, but — as always — it won’t be plain sailing.
The two-week meeting will be another pivotal moment in the global climate negotiations and the successful implementation of the Paris Agreement. Countries are expected to finalise the accord’s rulebook and start the process of a global stocktake to ramp up ambition to reduce emissions.
The talks are taking place against a backdrop of mounting urgency and expectations following a report from the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change which warned that the world has 12 years to halve its carbon dioxide emissions if it is to keep warming to 1.5 degrees and avoid catastrophic climate change.
The Polish government has implemented a terrorism alert in the province where the annual UN climate talks are about to start.
Climate campaigners are warning of a “tense atmosphere” in and around the city of Katowice in southern Poland, where the global climate negotiations, known as COP24, are due to kick off on Monday.
Katowice, a city of around 300,000 people — and the smallest city to host the UN climate talks yet — is about to welcome nearly 30,000 people for the climate conference, including heads of state, government representatives and UN officials.
One of Poland’s leading coal companies has become the first official sponsor of the UN climate talks, which start in the southern city of Katowice next week.
Jastrzębska Spółka Węglowa (JSW), a majority state-owned corporation and the European Union's largest producer of high-quality coking coal, has announced the partnership with COP24 in a statement on its website.
The Polish Environment minister later announced that several other coal-sector companies had been chosen to sponsor this year's climate talks.
JSW said the partnership would guarantee “the company’s active participation in the event and the possibility of promoting pro-ecological changes in the mining sector”.