Eight announcements from Boris Johnson's COP26 press conference, as he says world faces 'catastrophe'

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has warned that the world will face “economic disaster as well as environmental disaster” if it fails to control climate change.

And in an appeal to the public, he said that anyone who does not believe him should listen to Sir David Attenborough, who has warned that the plant is on the verge of disaster.

In a press conference at the COP26 Global Warming Conference in Glasgow, the Prime Minister spoke bluntly about the threats to the entire population of the planet if action is not taken to reduce the carbon emissions that cause climate change. But he also insisted that progress had been made, with leaders agreeing on steps to protect the environment.

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Here are the most important announcements:

1) The only way to save the planet is to reduce carbon dioxide emissions

Boris Johnson said, “If we don’t, if we don’t fix our climate, it will be both an economic and an environmental disaster. I think people need to understand that the only way to fix this is to cut the carbon dioxide and fight climate change.

“I also think the British have great wisdom and I think they can see that this is a problem that needs to be fixed and they may not listen to me but they definitely listen to Sir David Attenborough and they “look at what is actually happening around the world.

“They look at the fires, they look at the floods, and they look at the hurricanes and the increasing frequency of all three, greatly increased frequency, and they think something is happening here.”

2) The Prime Minister is “cautiously optimistic” about the future

Mr Johnson said, “I’m cautiously optimistic in the sense that … if this were a football game, the score in the humanity-climate change game would be 5-1 behind. I guess what can you say after two today? Days with around 120 world leaders is that we have withdrawn a goal or maybe even two and we could still extend it because there is no doubt that progress has been made. “

3) No referendum on attempts to reduce CO2 emissions

Mr Johnson was asked if there should be a referendum on attempts to reach “net zero”, which means reducing carbon emissions and ensuring that any remaining emissions are offset through methods to counter their effects. Experts say we have to do this to protect the planet, but it will also be expensive.

When asked during a press conference whether the issue could be put to a vote, the Prime Minister said that while it was a “brilliant proposal” … general opinion on the matter. “

4) Nations work together to help the planet

Mr Johnson insisted, “I think what you see here at Cop26 in Glasgow is a sense of how you can actually achieve these carbon savings, but there is still a long way to go.”

He added, “If anything makes me feel confident or optimistic, it is that we will begin – for the countries that are finding the fossil fuel transition most difficult – to form these coalitions to help them move forward.”

5) India is cutting CO2 emissions

“Regarding India, I think the most important thing you said is that they want to decarbonise so much of their electricity system by 2030. That is a massive commitment.”

6) China is ready to help

China’s President Xi did not attend the summit. But Mr. Johnson insisted that “that doesn’t mean the Chinese aren’t getting involved” and that “we are seeing some signs of progress.

He said, “China has a fantastic power to transform its economy. They are committed not to re-fund overseas coal, which is a big change from ending overseas coal funding across the Asia-Pacific region. “

7) More than 100 countries have agreed to reduce methane

“More than a hundred countries have just committed to reducing their methane emissions by 2030. When we were selected to host COP26, only one percent of the global economy had met the Paris commitment to improve their emissions targets for 2030.

8) Britain spends £ 12.6 billion to help poorer countries cut emissions

The Prime Minister said the UK and other richer countries were donating money to help poorer countries cut carbon emissions, but said they needed more money.

He said: “Although the UK this week pledged another $ 10 billion in international climate finance, bringing our total to £ 12.6 billion by 2025, and Japan just a few hours ago an additional $ 10 billion for the next five years announced this is a big commitment from Japan, the reality is that the developed world will still reach the $ 100 billion target too late. “

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