COP26: Prime Minister promises to end ‘big chainsaw massacre’ of global forests as Biden unveils global methane pledge | Climate news

Boris Johnson has celebrated a pledge by more than 100 international leaders to end the “great chainsaw massacre” in the world’s forests.

In the first big promise COP26 climate summit in Glasgow signed more than 110 countries an obligation to stop and reverse deforestation and soil degradation in 2030.

That prime minister said it was important to protect “the lungs of our planet” in a way that safeguards the rights of indigenous peoples, while opening up opportunities for sustainable economic development.

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The US president says at least another 200,000,000m acres of forest will be restored under the new plan.

“Let’s end this great chainsaw massacre by getting conservation to do what we know it can do, and that is also to deliver long-term sustainable jobs and growth,” he said.

Environmentalists have welcomed the recognition of the role of indigenous peoples as the best foresters, but warned that similar past promises have failed.

President of the United States Joe Biden supported the initiative and detailed a new plan for conserving global forests “which will bring together the full range of US government tools, diplomatic, economic and political, to halt forest losses, restore critical carbon sinks and improve land management”.

Sir. Biden said the “first of its kind” plan would work with Congress to mobilize up to $ 9 billion. USD until 2030 to preserve and restore forests and mobilize billions through partners.

Glasgow Leaders’ Declaration on Forests and Land Use was the first major deal announced at the summit, and later Tuesday world leaders promised to reduce methane emission levels by 30% by 2030.

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‘We’ve had enough of talking’

Other highlights so far from the summit include:

“Developed nations’ $ 100 billion climate funding target could be reached a year earlier than expected,” said US climate envoy John Kerry thanks to a Japanese injection of money.

• Over 40 world leaders plan to fund clean technology around the world by 2030, the UK government announced

• India finally emerges with net zero promise – 2070 date is 20 years after the key date of 2050 but the promise is still important as the country is the third largest emitter

• Boris Johnson warned that the 1.5C target is difference ‘between life and death’

• Greta Thunberg joined activists near the venue and said promises without real action “will not cut it anymore”

The queen issued a rallying cry to world leaders and said “the time for words has now moved to the time for action”

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‘None of us will live forever’

The Global Methane Pledge is an international initiative by the United States and the European Union to reduce methane emissions, an effective way to curb warming in the short term.

Methane is a powerful but relatively short-lived greenhouse gas that comes from sources including the extraction of fossil fuels and livestock farming.

More than 100 countries have joined the effort to meet the goals of the pledge, said John Kerry, the Biden administration’s climate envoy.

Today, $ 1.7 billion was also announced from five countries, including the United Kingdom and the United States, and a group of global charities to support indigenous peoples’ forest conservation and to strengthen their land rights.

Environmentalists say indigenous communities are the best protectors of the forest, often against violent interventions by loggers and captors.

The UK, hosting the conference, wants the goal to be to “keep 1.5 degrees alive” – ​​and there is still a long way to go on a global agreement to make the emission reductions needed to get close on that number.

Last week, a UNEP report warned that current climate emissions commitments are putting the planet on track for a temperature rise of 2.2-2.7 degrees this century.

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And the difficult issue of climate finance, on the table tomorrow, could make or break the conference if poor nations do not realize that rich nations will deliver on previous promises.

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Amazon founder Jeff Bezos pledged $ 2 billion from the Bezos Earth Fund to combat climate change through landscape restoration and transformation of agricultural systems.

The $ 2 billion commitment at COP26 is part of the $ 10 billion he pledged earlier this year to spend by 2030 in an effort to combat climate change.

Meanwhile, world leaders will continue to work on their own plans to fulfill The Paris Agreement, with further speeches awaited on Tuesday from the leaders of Pakistan, Argentina, Colombia and Japan.

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