World leaders tackle climate change at COP25 summit


Today the twenty fifth the U. N. climate change conference called cop twenty five starts in Spain's capital Madrid the conference was supposed to be in Chile but there were a big street protests over the economy there so Spain stepped up reporter guy hedge goes in Madrid the build up to the cop twenty five has already been eventful the last minute change of host city from the Chilean capital to the Spanish one this added an element of drama to the event what's more that change of venue was decided just as the United States was formalizing its withdrawal from the twenty sixteen Paris agreement on climate change the Spanish environment minister that history better so that her countries offer to host the conference was a demonstration of multilateralism to counter the US with Kroll prevented a important tickets in Dallas is Hassoun with the discouragement coals by the withdrawal from the Paris accord of one of the biggest economies on the planet she said it was important that the international community found a way to resolve the challenge created by Chile's inability to host the conference the change of venue has also affected teenage climate activist Greta tune bug she was in the United States preparing to travel overland to Chile for the summit when it was announced that Madrid would host it instead she has raced back across the Atlantic on a catamaran in order to attend much of the conference will revolve around the frame work of the Paris agreement which seeks to keep the global temperature rises to well below two degrees centigrade David Wasco director of the international climate initiative at the world resources institute is hoping the summit will see countries signal that increased commitment to concrete an ambitious strategies for the reduction of emissions something they're expected to formalize and twenty twenty I think this has to be a can do climate summit and we've seen that kind of can do spirit from Spain and Chile working together and now is the moment to highlight that countries have a can do approach to strengthening their action under the Paris agreement next year and also finalizing the last parts of the implementing rules so that those can go into full affected that's the core of what the climate talks and all the process surrounded in Madrid can achieve but one big question going into this climate conference will be who is willing to take the lead on the international stage with two major economies the United States and Brazil stepping back from their commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions there is a vacancy for an international leader contents of state I do believe it's going to be easy to see one leader it is more likely to see some form of distributed leadership Lara last several is a professor of political economy of climate change and the grades on E. university for example the E. U. that has been a directional leader leading by example setting itself tough goals and showing other countries that it can be done along with countries like China and perhaps also teaming up with Latin America and his Spain could be a bridge builder these kinds of events all too often fall short of expectations but environmental activists will be watching the cop twenty five with a critical eye hoping that it will lead to genuine progress in battling

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