Washington, June 6 (UNI) US envoy on climate change John Kerry has warned that Ukraine war must not be used as an excuse to prolong the global reliance on coal. BBC quoted Kerry as criticising a number of large countries for not living up to the promises they made at the COP26 climate summit. The climate diplomats will be meeting on Monday in Bonn. If countries extend their reliance on coal in response to the war, then “we are cooked,” Kerry said.
According to BBC, the fragile unity shown in Glasgow last November is likely to be tested in Bonn as countries deal with the fallout from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the cost of living crisis. The envoy said that despite these drawbacks “as a world we are still not moving fast enough” to control the emissions of warming gases that are increasing the temperatures. “We can still win this battle,” he said, adding that it will require a “wholesale elevation of effort by countries all around the world”.
The civil servants at the Bonn meeting, which will last until the end of next week, will be reviewing progress on various issues agreed in the Glasgow Climate Pact.