200 nations get together at the Glasgow climate talks
Scientists said that nations must walk the talk to prevent impending apocalypse
The pomp and bluster of the Glasgow climate talks are over and now the representatives from 200 nations will stick their heads together and seek to build a consensus about how to keep the global warming within 1.5 degrees in the coming decades.
In the initial days, many world leaders made big statements and now it is the job of the representatives and experts to chalk out a strategy to achieve them.
PM Modi pledged to make India Zero Carbon Emission by 2070
Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi made a pledge to make India Zero Carbon Emission by 2070 which is two decades more than the 2050 tipping point. However to achieve this transition, the richer nations must dole out money.
America and European nations had made a pledge to give $100 billion each year to the poorer nations to make the switchover from carbon based energy to clean and green energy. However, this promise was never fulfilled.
Last month, the rich nations once again discussed how they can fulfil the pledge to give financial support to the poorer nations. Japan has pledged an additional $10 Billion to help poorer nations make the transformation to greener sources of energy. However third world countries have said that this amount is insufficient. India has demanded the immediate release of $15 billion to start making the changeover to green energy.
Big promises at global summits are rarely kept
The Global climate summit has become a forum where big promises are made but seldom fulfilled.
On Tuesday, 100 nations pledged that it will stop cutting trees by 2030. 105 nations have pledged that they will cut down Methane emissions by 30% by the end of this decade. The U.S. has also pledged to control Methane gas leaks from more than one lakh Oil Rigs.
Tangible difference possible if nations can walk the talk
If America can achieve what it pledged, it will lead to a reduction of 0.2 degrees by the end of 2050. If these nations can walk their talk, it will lead to a tangible difference. However going by past experience, nations had pledged in 2014 also to stop cutting of trees but never fulfilled their promises.
De-forestation continues to happen in a large scale. The most glaring example is Brazil which is continuing to clear large tracts of forest land in the Amazon basin to facilitate industrial activities. The world must also be prepared for mavericks like the former US President Donald Trump who had walked out of the Climate Change Treaty.
Well-known NGO climate analytics head Bill Hayer said that most nations are not very serious about Climate Change. It will be better to have a Climate Change meet every year where new ideas are put forth. This suggestion was given in the Paris Climate Talks but it still took five years for Glasgow Climate meet to happen.