US President Joe Biden said Sunday that he is “disappointed” with China, Russia and Saudi Arabia in their fight against the climate crisis, after those nations failed to commit during the G-20 summit to strive to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees.
“The disappointment is related to the fact that Russia and China did not come forward in terms of commitments to tackle climate change,” Biden told a news conference in Rome, in which he also criticized the absence of Saudi Arabia.
The G-20 summit that was held hours before the COP26 Climate Summit could not end without an agreement and the leaders of these countries have reached one: the global warming ceiling will be 1.5 degrees and, in addition, they will undertake actions to deal with the problem.
Thus, the G20 heads of state or government have now agreed to take “mitigation, adaptation and financing” actions for this purpose in “this critical decade”, although with an important nuance: “based on national circumstances.”
The leaders also agreed in Rome to end funding for new coal plants abroad, but did not set a specific year to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions.
In this sense, Biden assured that the Twenty have made “significant progress”, although he acknowledged that “much remains to be done.”
However, neither China nor Russia participated in these conversations , the world’s first and fourth emitters of CO2 and which together emit more than 40% of the total of this gas that the world releases into the atmosphere.
“This effort is going to require that we continue to focus on what China is not doing , what Russia is not doing and what Saudi Arabia is not doing,” he said.
The two-day G20 summit concluded this Sunday, with a press conference by Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, who summarized the agreements reached on taxation, health and climate change, before the start of the XXVI United Nations Summit on Change on Monday. Climate (COP26) in Glasgow.
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