Paris: G20 contend with climate, terrorism, refugee crisis; US pre-COP politics
Climate change, along with the fight against terrorism and the refugee crisis, are on an expanded G20 agenda at the two-day leaders’ summit in Antalya.
Reuters reports that France will limit the U.N. climate summit in Paris starting in two weeks’ time to core negotiations and cancel planned marches and concerts after the attacks that killed 129 people, Prime Minister Manuel Valls said on Monday.
Leaders have confirmed they will still attend; US Republicans in Congress continue to fight Obama’s climate change plan. Echoing Obama, Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders maintains that climate change is the “biggest national security threat facing the United States”; Paul Krugman agrees.
GOOD’s DJ Pangburn asks why Trans-Pacific Partnership doesn’t mention climate change, nodding to potential benefits for the food industry hungry for palm oil, thought to have exacerbated the vast fires engulfing the Indonesian archipelago.
India & China: India blocks climate efforts at G20 as China industry slowdown spurs demand for coal support
Meanwhile, India has blocked G20 efforts to pave the way for an ambitious climate change accord in a sign of deep divisions just two weeks before delegates from almost 200 nations meet in Paris. The news comes as AFP’s Trudy Harris tracks the impacts of climate change in the country – from air pollution to melting glaciers.
And Quartz reports on India’s initiative to provide low-cost light in the country.
China is facing a conflict between economic and environmental policies as lower energy prices spur demands for more industrial support, as yet another Chinese coal miner is struggling with debt payments. China’s nuclear technology sector has made an important inroad to overseas markets with the signing of a US$15 billion deal with Argentina at the G20 summit in Turkey.
Solutions: US oil & gas, UK smart meters
US oil and natural-gas producers say they want to be part of the solution to climate change, saying that reducing heat-trapping emissions should depend on “market-based solutions” .
In the UK, smart meters are the thing, not just to reduce bills but they’ll promote more competition, more innovation, and change the way the entire energy industry works – while tackling global warming.
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