THE CONVERSATION: Don’t bet on the UN to fix climate change – it’s failed for 30 years

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Release date: 20/9/2019

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We’re constantly encouraged to think of the next big climate summit, conference or protest as the most important one, the one that is about to make the all-important breakthrough. The UN’s Climate Action Summit on September 23 in New York is no different. The UN’s Secretary General António Guterres is calling on world leaders to come with concrete and realistic plans to bring their national net carbon emissions down to zero by 2050.

But amid the hype, it’s worth putting this UN summit in context against the history of 30 years of such international meetings. Is it a vain hope for 197 countries to agree on any meaningful climate action at all, especially when it involves so much money and power?

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TitleDon’t bet on the UN to fix climate change – it’s failed for 30 years
Media name/outletThe Conversation
Media typeWeb
CountryUnited Kingdom
Date20/09/19
DescriptionWe’re constantly encouraged to think of the next big climate summit, conference or protest as the most important one, the one that is about to make the all-important breakthrough. The UN’s Climate Action Summit on September 23 in New York is no different. The UN’s Secretary General António Guterres is calling on world leaders to come with concrete and realistic plans to bring their national net carbon emissions down to zero by 2050.

But amid the hype, it’s worth putting this UN summit in context against the history of 30 years of such international meetings. Is it a vain hope for 197 countries to agree on any meaningful climate action at all, especially when it involves so much money and power?
URLhttps://theconversation.com/dont-bet-on-the-un-to-fix-climate-change-its-failed-for-30-years-123308
PersonsMarc Hudson