ROTTERDAM: The UN’s top climate official urged governments on Monday to stop their “deferral and delay” tactics and instead embrace rapid, widespread measures to curb and adapt to global warming, reports The Associated Press.
Amid a season of extreme weather and new temperature records, Patricia Espinosa warned that no nation is safe from the impacts of climate change.
Espinosa’s comments came at the opening of a new floating office for the Global Center on Adaption in the Dutch port city of Rotterdam. Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte called the office “a perfect example of how we can adapt to the changing climate,” noting that the building is off-grid, carbon neutral, self-sufficient and ready to adapt to future rising sea levels.
Such high-tech facilities are beyond the reach of millions in poorer nations, whose leaders have demanded that developed countries pay some of the costs they face in adjusting to climate change.
The president of Congo, Felix Tshisekedi, said he hoped the UN climate summit in November would see a commitment for rich nations to double their existing pledge of providing $100 billion a year to developing countries to combat the effects of climate change.
Frans Timmermans, the European Commission vice president, called upon the United States to help meet the $100 billion target — which itself is still $30 million short.
China, one of the world’s biggest polluters, should also increase its efforts to curb greenhouse gas emissions, said Timmermans, whose portfolio covers environmental issues.