G20 Ministers Disagree on Climate Goals

Timetables for net-zero global emissions are the sticking point.

Ministers of the G20 have concluded their talks in Italy without reaching a climate deal. The energy and environment ministers at the meeting in Naples were stuck on a number of issues, and have put off any kind of final decision to a meeting of their leaders in October.

The ministers at the intergovernmental forum have not been able to agree on specific actions and firm timetables needed to reach net-zero global emissions by 2050 and keep global warming at 1.5 degrees Celsius, according to their communique.

Ending the use of coal is one obstacle, as G20’s chair is promoting a phase-out agreement. But the group won’t commit to ending the use of coal domestically, and only urges members to follow the G7 in ending overseas coal financing.

At a speech in London ahead of the meeting, John Kerry, the president’s special envoy for climate, said, “My hope is that we’ll find a pretty easy agreement on the major goals because we broke that ground in Paris. But we need to raise ambition now.”

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • About global goals for reducing carbon emissions in an effort to hold back climate change.
  • About America’s commitments to support energy transitions in developing countries which remain unmet.
  • For God to fulfill His purpose.

Sources: Reuters, Bloomberg News


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