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Polluting Nations Undermine IPCC Report

by Oui Thu Oct 21st, 2021 at 06:30:26 PM EST

Oil and meat producing countries lobby against climate action before COP26


Revealed: The polluting nations trying to 'water down' crucial UN climate report | EuroNews Green |

Comments from some of the most polluting countries in the world sought to "water down" a landmark UN climate report, according to leaked documents seen by Greenpeace UK's investigative journalism unit.

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China, Saudi Arabia, India and Australia were among those who submitted comments urging scientists to downplay or "omit" phrases about the need to transition away from fossil fuels. Officials from the Australian government reportedly questioned the need for all of its coal-fired power plants to close as part of efforts to tackle the climate crisis.

The Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) represents 13 major oil-producing nations. It asked the authors to remove the statement: "If warming is to be restricted to 2°C, about 30% of oil, 50% of gas, and 80% of coal reserves will remain unburnable".

India, alongside several eastern European countries, recommended that the report should be more positive about the role of nuclear power.

Reducing the consumption of meat was also an issue for economies that rely on animal agriculture. Two of the world's largest beef producing countries, Brazil and Argentina, wanted recommendations about the planetary benefits of a plant-based diet removed, says Greenpeace.

Leaked documents reveal the fossil fuel and meat producing countries lobbying against climate action | Greenpeace Unearthed |

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