COP26, day 6: “Climate change is here and we will end up paying the price”

Find every day at the end of the day the highlights of the 26e United Nations Conference of the Parties (COP) for the climate, to be held until November 12, as well as insights from journalists from the World.

What you must remember :

  • More than 50,000 people on the streets of Glasgow

Tens of thousands of people demonstrated Saturday, November 6 in major cities around the world and in particular in Glasgow, to demand the “Climate justice” . In Scotland, they braved torrential rain and gusts of wind to demand action from leaders in the face of climate change threatening humanity. While Greta Thunberg did not speak, Ugandan climate justice activist Vanessa Nakate summed up climate injustice by recalling that Africa was responsible for 3% of greenhouse gas emissions but that in Uganda and in neighboring countries, warming is already causing droughts, catastrophic floods and deadly landslides.

At least a thousand people gathered in London in front of the Bank of England. In Sydney and Melbourne, demonstrators disguised as a pile of coal or as Scott Morrison, the Australian Prime Minister, a great defender of the mining industry, denounced the COP26 as being ” a comedy “ and their head of government as “An absolute shame”. In South Korea, some 500 people marched through the streets of the capital Seoul. In Paris, several hundred people marched, hanging a banner in front of the town hall of the French capital. “Inactive at COP26, dying in 2050”.

  • Half of the land of the indigenous people does not belong to them

Indigenous peoples in 24 countries, in Latin America but also in Central Africa and subtropical Asia, own only half of the forests and land on which they live, said a report released on Saturday by the Rights and Resources Initiative, the Woodwell Climate Research Center and the Rainforest Foundation, on the sidelines of COP26.

“They have legal rights to (…) 447 million hectares ”, a “Insecurity [qui] makes communities and their lands much more vulnerable to grabbing and external pressure ”, add the authors of this study.

According to an FAO report released in the spring, around 80% of the world’s biodiversity is now found in areas inhabited by indigenous peoples, with, for example, a much lower rate of deforestation in Latin America and the Caribbean on land. where governments have recognized collective land rights for them.

The statement of the day:

“Climate change is there and very real and we will end up paying the price”, he asserted, adding: “We are a recent species and have nevertheless succeeded in irreversibly destroying part of our planet ”. “

British actor Idris Elba

Picture of the day:

German artist Arnd Drossel walked for almost three months from Paderborn, Germany, to Glasgow with a metal ball.

Around the world :

As the world’s leading exporter of coal and liquefied natural gas, Australia does not intend to turn its back on the natural resources that ensure its prosperity, nor introduce a carbon tax, nor even impose restrictive measures. To succeed in its energy transition, the country favors another method: investing massively in ” new technologies “ and in particular in hydrogen ” own “.

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Words to understand COP26:

Acidification

The ocean is a carbon sink, absorbing around 30% of carbon dioxide emissions from human activities. But, while these human-made releases continue to increase, CO2, by partially dissolving in the ocean, lowers its pH and makes it more acidic. Ocean acidification has thus increased by 26% since the start of the pre-industrial era (1800). Some prediction models predict a 150% increase in this acidity by 2100 without reducing our carbon dioxide emissions. However, many marine organisms (molluscs, crustaceans, plankton, etc.) are very sensitive to the acidity of the water. Researchers are uncertain about the ability of marine ecosystems to adapt to such a rapid upheaval.

The number :

38 °C

This is the temperature record reached in Verkhoyansk, a city located at 67 ° north latitude, in Siberia, on June 20, 2020. According to meteorologists, such a temperature has never been observed beyond the polar circle. According to The Weather Channel, the average in Verkhoyansk at this time of year is around 20 ° C.

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Solutions for the planet:

Tracking the DNA of fish in the water, increasing the mesh size of the nets, repelling bycatch with LEDs… Researchers and fisheries are looking at the solutions of the future.

Read also What innovations for sustainable fishing?

Find all the articles in our special COP26 file here.

The World with AFP

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COP26, day 6: “Climate change is here and we will end up paying the price”

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