Failure to tackle warming ‘suicidal’

“For the EU it is unacceptable not to have any decision taken that acknowledges positively the special report on 1.5C,” said EU climate commissioner Miguel Arias Canete.

“We represent both developed and developing countries from all the continents and the EU is committed to an ambitious outcome in Katowice but the texts in front of us are not bold enough,”

While the atmosphere at the talks is generally positive, a lingering row over climate science also rumbles on.

Over the weekend the US and Saudi Arabia, back by Russia and Kuwait, refused to welcome the IPCC report on how a temperature rise of 1.5C would impact the world.

Saudi officials, perhaps stung by the widespread criticism of their stance, have spoken out to defend their position.

“We have accepted a welcome for all other IPCC reports in the past because they are done right, within the rule and procedures of the IPCC,” a member of the Saudi delegation told journalists.

“We never had reservations on other reports, so we know that there are some things that are not as good as the other reports we have used. It does not, in our view, stand up to the same level as the others.”

Source: Failure to tackle warming ‘suicidal’