Fake Reports on Climate Change Summit

November 9, 2021

fake reports on climate change summit

Fake Reports on Climate Change Summit push for urgency after several countries fail to report the proper total of emissions in the atmosphere.

The 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference, also known as COP26, is ending in the next few days in Glasgow. Leaders from around the globe gathered to offer solutions to the climate crisis.

However, environmental activists are not pleased with the summit because they feel it lacks a real sense of urgency despite the nice speeches.

Difficulties in measuring emissions complicate global warming calculus

Fake Reports on Climate Change Summit

However, COP26 did accomplish something quite important. It forced the world to focus on climate change for a moment. It might not do a lot, but for some, this is a good start.

For example, evaluating the situation is complex. Consensus is not even a given when experts gather information in different countries.

If those responsible for the pollution cannot agree on the various measuring techniques, formulating concrete and practical solutions becomes harder.

This is a serious problem exposed by journalists at the Washington Post when they noted discrepancies between the total of emissions found in the atmosphere and what countries admit.

The accounting when it comes to greenhouse gases is faulty. This makes solving the issue more difficult. According to the reporters, even the United Nations is guilty of pushing erroneous information on the matter.

Interestingly, some independent experts are also dealing with inaccuracies because they use different methods. For the year 2019, there was up to a 23-percent gap between what countries reported and the independent findings.

In clear, the countries acknowledged 44.2 billion metric tons of emissions in the atmosphere versus up to 57.4 billion tons of gases in reality.

Activists say this vindicates Greta Thunberg’s approach

Fake Reports on Climate Change Summit

Climate protesters say the report confirms what Swedish activist Greta Thunberg has been saying for a while; the time to act is now.

For the young woman, politicians are still all about talking. The teenager called the Glasgow summit a failure and a PR stunt. She finds it nefarious when leaders set goals to reduce emissions in 2030 or 2050 while the crisis is now.

Former American President Barack Obama, who spoke at the summit, said that Thunberg is right. For the Democratic politician, young people have to stay angry and engaged to win the fight against climate change.

Obama said that politics might not be appealing for the youngsters, but getting involved at some level is necessary to bring real and lasting change.

Barack Obama pushes climate activists to join the political arena for change

Fake Reports on Climate Change Summit

The ex-leader of the free world believes that progress will also have to go through some compromise to get things done.

While Obama’s speech meant well, some activists like Vanessa Nakate have called him out for failing to deliver on some of his promises when he was in office.

In 2009, Mr. Obama and his then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton backed a proposal from developed countries to offer poorer nations $100 billion annually to combat the adverse impacts of climate change.

The climate fund was supposed to begin working in 2020, but this has not happened. Activists are pushing for countries like America to respect their engagement.

While more needs to be done to address global warming, some observers have pointed that the consensus around the issue is growing. Even the biggest polluters on the planet seem finally ready to act.

Moreover, the Biden administration could accomplish something historical on the subject if it can get the Build Back Better package across the finish line in the U.S. Congress.

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