With wildfires in the United States and Russia and floods devastating parts of Western Europe, the environment and energy ministers of the Group of 20 industrialized countries met Thursday for two days of talks ahead of the crucial conference on change. November weather.
Host Italy hopes the Naples talks will help push forward the ambitious targets to be adopted at the COP26 conference in Glasgow, Scotland, which organizers have said represents “the world’s last best chance to control runaway climate change.”
The Naples meetings on Thursday and Friday focus on three main themes: biodiversity and protection of the oceans; promote circular economies, particularly in the fashion and textile sectors; and realigning the financial system to promote sustainable development.
A statement and press conference are expected on Friday.
US climate envoy John Kerry was attending the Naples summit and had an early meeting with the host, Italian Environment Minister Roberto Cingolani.
Earlier this week, during a stop in London on his European tour, Kerry called on China to join the United States in urgently reducing greenhouse gas emissions and outlined the international alliances that rebuilt Europe after World War II. as a model to combat climate change.
The meetings take place as wildfires ravage huge swaths of parched land in the western US and Siberia, and as Germany and Belgium continue the cleanup effort after torrents of flooding swept through several small towns and killed more than 200 people. Scientists say that while it’s difficult to attribute specific storms to climate change, extreme weather of the kind that caused flash floods will become more severe and frequent in a warming world.
While many countries have committed to eliminating net carbon emissions by 2050, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says that emissions must be reduced by at least 40% by the end of the decade to keep temperatures under control.