Climate finance and human rights fears: what happened on the second day of COP27? | Cop27

Silver! Silver! Silver! dominated the second full day of COP27, with a deep chasm between wealthy, long-time polluting states and developing nations that need funding to deal with devastating extreme weather events while cutting emissions.

Meanwhile, Egypt will realize that it cannot hold such an important international conference without its terrible human rights record being brought into the limelight.

Here are some of the highlights from day two:

  • European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has urged the northern hemisphere to follow the EU’s lead in committing climate finance to the southern hemisphere.

  • A report by renowned climate economist Lord Stern showed that developing countries (excluding China) would need $2 billion a year by 2030 to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and deal with the effects of climate change. climate degradation.

  • However, civil society climate experts have denounced “the decades-long American game plan of denial, delay and deceit” when it comes to funds for loss and damage.

  • In one such stark example, Shehbaz Sharif, Pakistan’s prime minister, said his country needed more than $30 billion in flood relief “despite our very low carbon footprint”.

  • However, Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley celebrated that loss and damage had been added to the Cop27 agenda.

  • The family of jailed Anglo-Egyptian hunger striker Alaa Abd el-Fattah have expressed fears that Egyptian officials are torturing him behind closed doors by force-feeding him. A pro-government Egyptian lawmaker confronted Abd el-Fattah’s sister, Sanaa Seif, outside the conference.

  • Abd el-Fattah’s release has become the defining issue of Anglo-Egyptian relations, former British Ambassador to Egypt John Casson has warned.

  • For the first time in years, Egypt has unblocked access to the Human Rights Watch website, a day after the Guardian described how Cop27 delegates were unable to access it.

  • A United Nations group set up to crack down on the green laundering of net zero pledges by industry and government has called for ‘red lines’ to stop support for new fossil fuel exploration and overuse of fossil fuels. carbon offsets.

  • Tuvalu became the first country to use the United Nations climate talks to demand an international fossil fuel non-proliferation treaty, which would phase out the use of coal, oil and gas.

  • Temperatures in Ireland were so mild this autumn that trees were producing new growth before shedding their leaves, according to Irish taoiseach Micheál Martin.