By Andrew Bolt ~
It’s a feeding frenzy at the UN climate conference. There’s the excuse for taxpayer-paid travel, of course, and the excuse to extort huge donations from the guilty rich:
An analysis of delegates by Carbon Brief found Guinea topped the list with 406 delegates, down 86 from last time. The Democratic Republic of Congo is second, with 237. Host nation Poland is third, with 211 delegates, followed by Ivory Coast, whose delegation this year has more than halved to 208 people…
Those huge delegations from these poor nations are actually down on last time? Wow.
Graham Lloyd puts it extremely diplomatically:
While some African countries give delegate tickets to non-governmental organisations, the make-up gives an indication of how important they consider the talks for securing development and mitigation funds.
Or as our Environment Minister Melissa Price memorably said to a former Kiribati Prime Minister who’d come…
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How climate finance ‘flows’ around the world is an informative article from CarbonBrief. Excerpts below in italics followed by a comment from Bjorn Lomborg.
Climate finance is one of the bedrocks of negotiations at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), including the “COP24” talks taking place this month in Katowice, Poland.
“Climate finance” refers to money – both from public and private sources – which is used to help reduce emissions and increase resilience against the negative impacts of climate change.
Rich countries have promised they will provide $100bn a year in climate finance to poorer nations by 2020. The UNFCCC’s recent biennial assessment found this sum had reached $75bn in 2016, a step forward compared to the $65bn given in 2015.
The OECD, a Paris-based intergovernmental economic organisation, asks its 36 member countries to report on their foreign aid…
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