Wednesday November 4th, 2020 Water Blog

A Bad Day for Climate

 

Climate change is widely recognised as an urgent call to action. David Attenborough created an amazing documentary film, A Life on our Planet. It deals with his concern for the current state of the planet due to human activities. The growing awareness has meant leaders have made promises to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

In September, China, a top emitter of greenhouse gases in the world, announced a plan to make its economy carbon neutral by 2060 with investments in renewable energy, nuclear power and carbon capture.

The European Union’s Green Deal identifies sets out a plan for making the EU carbon neutral by 2050.

Japanese prime minister Yoshihide Suga pledged to reduce his country’s carbon emissions to zero by 2050.

While many leaders recognise the need to embrace opportunities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, a critical missing piece of the solution to climate change is United States.  On November 4th 2020 the Trump administration notified the United Nations that it would withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.

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