Boris Johnson skipped a digital local weather summit hosted by Joe Biden for world leaders, regardless of 15 different heads of state and authorities becoming a member of the talks.
The leaders of Germany, Japan, Australia, Canada and Indonesia, and the pinnacle of the European Commission, have been amongst those that mentioned the local weather emergency, amid rising alarm over excessive climate occasions.
But Mr Johnson despatched Alok Sharma, the pinnacle of final yr’s Cop26 talks in Glasgow, to the net summit – as he opted as an alternative to make a second go to to war-torn Ukraine.
The prime minister, beneath hearth over the departure of his ethics adviser, is going through criticism that he turns to his shut alliance with Volodymyr Zelensky at occasions of most political hazard.
The choice got here because the writer of the landmark 2008 Climate Act that first dedicated the UK to dramatic cuts in CO2 emissions accused the prime minister of “posturing” on the local weather disaster.
Bryony Worthington condemned contemporary drilling for oil and fuel within the North Sea and the federal government’s continued ban on onshore wind farms, demanded by Tory MPs.
“What we need is a huge focus in making us save energy, back to the good old days of lagging our lofts and making our homes warmer,” she informed the BBC.
“We also need to hugely increase our investment in clean electricity, which can be done fast. And the fastest and the quickest will be wind and solar, onshore wind and solar.
“Drilling for more fossil fuels is both a false solution in terms that it won’t deliver in time but it also contributes to climate change – which is going to exacerbate lots of the problems we’re facing.”
The UK nonetheless holds the Cop presidency till the subsequent assembly in Egypt in November, a make-or-break occasion after the failure to strike a deal in Glasgow to avert runaway local weather change.
The White House mentioned the Major Economies Forum was designed to advance “efforts to use all levers to tackle the global climate crisis”.
It would additionally “urgently address rising costs around the world exacerbated by Russia’s war on Ukraine and put the US and allies on a path to long-term energy and food security”.
Mr Johnson’s skipping of the occasion comes after the US president declined to affix a local weather assembly the prime minister hosted on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly final September.
A No 10 spokesman insisted Mr Johnson is “leading on climate change” and burdened his “full” dedication to reaching internet zero by 2050, as set down in legislation.
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