THE Paris Agreement on climate change has been gutted and the prospects for developing countries look “dire”, according to an environmental charity, which has said wealthy countries are refusing to pay for the climate damage they have caused. Friends of the Earth Scotland (FoES) said northern governments and corporation were pushing forward with carbon trading and the repression of peoples’ demands in Chile had been echoed by the aggressive silencing of civil society voices at the Madrid climate summit, which it said has been out of touch with reality.
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Crunch global climate change talks in Madrid remained in gridlock late on Friday and looked set to spill over into extra time, as emotions ran high and opposing nations struggled to find common ground on a number of key aspects of the Paris Agreement. As scores of climate activists staged demonstrations outside the UN summit venue in the Spanish capital, negotiators were locked in a tense standoff inside, with the hosts Chile, the EU, and smaller nations urging for robust Paris Agreement rules in the face of opposition from the US, Brazil and Australia. This evening hosts Chile made clear that it would keep working until a deal was done, and that talks could therefore spill over well into the weekend. “Obviously we wouldn’t like a bad agreement,” said André Landerretche, coordinator of Chile’s COP25 presidency. “If we are going to arrive at an agreement, it is going to be because it is a good agreement.” Earlier today the High Ambition Coalition (HAC) of nations, including the UK, EU, Chile and a number of smaller nations – including the Marshall Islands – slammed the latest draft decision text issued this morning as “unsatisfactory”, and specifically called out Australia, Brazil and the US for obstructing progress. Tina Stege, climate envoy for the President of the Marshall Islands, outlined the HAC’s specific concerns and stressed the Coalition “will not walk away without a clear call for countries to enhance their ambitions next year”.
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