U.N.: Cut Emissions Sharply by 2020 or Face Climate Catastrophe + German Chancellor Says Upcoming G20 Will Focus on Climate Change

Jun 30, 2017
The United Nations warns humanity has just three years left to dramatically lower greenhouse gas emissions or risk facing a world that’s uninhabitable to many of its residents. The warning by six climate experts was published in the journal Nature. It finds that without immediate action by 2020, the Earth’s average temperature will rise by more than the 2-degree Celsius upper limit set by the Paris climate accord.

German Chancellor Says Upcoming G20 Will Focus on Climate Change

The warning came as German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said this year’s G20 summit in Hamburg will focus on climate change.

Chancellor Angela Merkel: “The European Union stands fully behind its Paris commitment, and it will rapidly and decisively implement the agreement. Furthermore, since the decision by the United States of America to leave the Paris climate deal, we are more determined than ever to make it a success.”

The White House said President Trump will meet next week with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the G20.

Dutch Bank ING to Divest from Canadian Pipelines over Tar Sands Oil
Meanwhile, Dutch banking giant ING said Wednesday it would not finance major pipeline projects in Canada over concerns about the impact of tar sands extraction on First Nations communities and the climate.

Ireland to Ban Onshore Natural Gas Fracking
In Ireland, President Michael Higgins is poised to sign a bill that will ban onshore fracking across the country. Ireland joins Bulgaria, France and Germany among EU countries banning the drilling practice.

Tacoma, WA Protesters Target Liquefied Natural Gas Plant
Meanwhile, in Tacoma, Washington, members of the Puyallup Tribe and their allies held a protest Thursday at the construction site of a liquefied natural gas facility. The protest came ahead of a July 14 court appearance for six water protectors who chained themselves to construction equipment at the site last May in a bid to halt the project, which would hold up to 8 million gallons of liquefied fracked gas near a residential neighborhood.

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