After years of resistance from rich governments, nations for the first time agreed to set up a fund to provide payouts to developing countries that suffer “loss and damage” from climate-driven storms, floods, droughts and wildfires. #COP27#fund#climatejustice
A historic deal has been struck at the UN’s COP27 summit in Egypt – in future rich nations will pay poorer countries for the damage and economic losses caused by climate change. It ends almost 30 years of waiting by nations facing huge climate impacts. But developed nations were dissatisfied over progress on cutting fossil fuels. The final deal did not include commitments to “phase down” or reduce their use. Reeta Chakrabarti presents BBC News at Ten reporting by Justin Rowlatt and Matt McGrath.
In our news wrap Sunday, COP27 came to a close with a breakthrough deal that will create a climate disaster fund for the world’s poorest nations, new Twitter CEO Elon Musk reinstated Donald Trump’s personal account on the platform, western New York continues to dig out from record snowfall, the FIFA World Cup kicked off in Qatar, and President Joe Biden turned 80 years old.
Delegates at COP27 in Egypt spent all night drafting a historic deal that includes an agreement to help poor countries ravaged by a severe climate with money from countries with high carbon emissions. But some say the deal doesn’t go far enough to reduce emissions.
This year India has experienced its worst heatwave since records began. The heatwave is estimated to have led to dozens of deaths across the region and led to forest fires and damage to wheat crops.
Health and livelihoods are threatened by the rising temperatures. How much can India adapt to heat that is rising to the limit of human endurance and what needs to be done to mitigate the effects of climate change?
This summer, countries across the world have experienced extreme weather events.
Flash floods have killed people in South Korea, Uganda, Australia and the US state of Kentucky, and heatwaves have broken records across Western Europe, North America and Japan.
However, countries across the world are developing ways to try to tame the weather. China, the UAE and the USA are at the forefront of research into methods of producing rain in drought-stricken areas.
And some scientists are thinking even bigger; investigating technologies which could cool the entire planet.
This week, the Inquiry asks: Can we control the weather?
Dr Rob Thompson, University of Reading
Professor Katja Friedrich, University of Colorado, Boulder
Professor David Keith, Harvard University
Professor Elizabeth Chalecki, University of Nebraska Omaha
Presenter: Charmaine Cozier
Producer: Ravi Naik
Researchers: Anoushka Mutanda-Dougherty and Christopher Blake
Technical producer: Nicky Edwards
Broadcast coordinator: Brenda Brown
Image: Hands cradling a lightning storm (Credit: Getty Images)
The International Energy Agency says that the world is in the middle of the first global energy crisis. The price of natural gas has increased almost five-fold since the summer of 2020, and the main cause is Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Moscow has cut supplies of gas to European countries that oppose the war, causing the wholesale price to shoot up everywhere.
Many countries have turned to coal to fuel their power stations, also causing prices to triple in the last year. But as well as being expensive, coal is also the most polluting fossil fuel. The situation has accelerated the push towards renewables, but can they provide the all the power needed by a country – as well as providing energy security? So this week on the Inquiry, we ask: can a country live on renewable energy alone?
Presenter: Tanya Beckett
Producer: Ravi Naik
Researcher: Anoushka Mutanda-Dougherty
Editor Tara McDermott
Technical producer Richard Hannaford
Broadcast Coordinator Jacqui Johnson
(Photo: Offshore wind turbine farm at sunset: Creit: Imaginima/Getty Images)
A promise from the developed world to foot more of the climate bill has raised fresh hopes of a breakthrough at the UN climate summit, COP27. The question of a fund established by rich nations to help developing countries at severe risk of global disaster has dominated the summit.
The UN climate summit in Egypt has been extended by an extra day as talks remain gridlocked over compensation for poorer countries being ravaged by the changing climate. The Egyptian president of the summit Sameh Shoukry said he was concerned at the number of outstanding issues to be resolved.
We will get the latest from Sharm el-Sheikh and speak to the head of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
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