15 thoughts on “Climate change and the German government

  1. Friday 17th November 2017

    TWENTY countries banded together yesterday to form the Powering Past Coal alliance in a bid to phase out use of the climate-wrecking fuel.

    Launched at the COP 23 UN climate conference in Germany and kicked off by Britain and Canada, the group also includes the island nations of Nieu, the Marshall Islands and Fiji — which is presiding over the conference.

    Island nations are particularly threatened by climate change, with higher sea levels from melting polar ice threatening to engulf them.

    Fijian Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama, president of the COP 23 conference, said yesterday that loss and damage from climate change “isn’t some distant prospect. It is a grave and present reality.”

    He urged countries to “get to grips” and called for “practical measures” to avert and adapt to global warming. Burning coal for energy is the single greatest contributor to climate change, releasing twice as much carbon dioxide as natural gas.

    However, despite inaugurating the new anti-coal group, both Britain and Canada are laggards when it comes to climate change. Canada in particularly as it exports increasing amounts of oil — including from its highly toxic tar sands.

    Meanwhile Norway’s biggest private pension fund Storebrand said it was divesting from 10 firms over their involvement with coal. They include German energy company RWE, Poland’s PGE and South African utility Eskom.

    Chief executive Jan Erik Saugestad said it was a warning to firms to “clean up” their energy sources “or lose customers and investors.”



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