The first week of the Warsaw climate conference has produced a lot of talk, but little action. No country has announced an increase emission cuts and two countries are reneging from their earlier targets and policies.
Brazil announced that its deforestation rates increased by 23% last year and Europe is divided on future climate action and renewable energy due to the ongoing pressure from coal and nuclear industries.
As ministers arrive next week, they will have to deliver on expectations for finance, loss and damage and increased short term emission cuts, and announce 2014 as the year of pledging new targets. First and foremost, major polluters need to show leadership, as currently the process is simply drifting.
Martin Kaiser, chef för Greenpeace delegation säger:
“After one week, the world governments continue to disappoint their citizens who are fighting against catastrophic climate change and its devastating impacts. Instead of stopping new investments into coal mining and oil drilling and investing in renewable energies, Japan and Australia reneged on their voluntary pledges from 2010. Next week ministers need to stop the downward spiral of the UN climate talks and commit to bold mitigation targets and climate finance pledges which will help everyone and the transition towards renewable energies.”