The latest on U.N. climate summit COP26 in Glasgow:
LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, who is on a trip to the U.N. climate conference in Scotland, tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday, his office said. He is feeling good and isolated in his hotel room. He is fully vaccinated,” the mayor’s office said in a posting on Garcetti’s official Twitter account.
The office did not immediately release any additional information.
GENEVA — U.S. climate envoy John Kerry, nearly three dozen large corporations, including Apple and Amazon. The World Economic Forum is launching an alliance to build a market for technologies that generate low carbon dioxide levels. The First Movers Coalition announced on Wednesday aims to help companies set their purchasing plans in a way that will “create new market demand for low-carbon technologies,” the World Economic Forum said.
“Technology has given us the tools to reduce our emissions and build a stronger and more inclusive economy of the future,” forum President Borge Brenda said. “For innovators and investors to play their part in tackling the climate crisis, they need apparent market demand. Brenda was on hand for the U.N. climate conference in Glasgow, known as COP26. Among the other companies involved in the coalition are aerospace company Boeing, cement company Holcim.
Vehicle makers Volvo and Scania. The World Economic Forum, a think tank best known for hosting an annual gathering of elites in Davos, Switzerland, says businesses need to send more precise signals to their suppliers to reach the goal of cutting greenhouse gas emissions to net-zero by 2050. The project’s first phase will focus on emissions-heavy industries like aviation, shipping, steel, and trucking. Operators of trucks, planes, cargo vessels, and others would, among other things, commit to using more sustainable fuels that have lower CO2 emissions.
MOSCOW — The Kremlin has rejected U.S. President Joe Biden’s criticism of Russian President Vladimir Putin for not attending the U.N. climate conference. His tundra is burning — literally, the tundra is burning. He has severe and severe climate problems, and he is mum on willingness to do anything,” Biden said Tuesday of Putin and the wildfires that scorched Siberia this summer.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Wednesday that Moscow disagrees with Biden’s characterization. He said the Russian delegation at COP26 actively participated in the summit.
“Russia’s climate action doesn’t have the goal of being pegged to an event,” Peskov said. “Of course, we are not belittling the significance of the event in Glasgow, but Russia’s actions are consistent, serious, and well-thought-through.”
“The tundra indeed is burning,” Peskov continued. “But let’s not forget that forests are burning in California, and in Turkey, and in other countries. These are the consequences of climate change we’re facing, and Russia, to some extent, is facing more serious challenges. Moscow is taking “a very responsible stance” when tackling climate change, the Kremlin spokesman stressed, and has “concrete work plans.”