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Joe Biden announced that he will sign an order to suspend drilling for hydrocarbons in territories that are federal. / Photo: Pixabay
LatinAmerican Post | July Vanesa Romero
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Joe Biden announces he will restrict hydrocarbon extractions
On Wednesday, January 27, the President of the United States, Joe Biden, announced that he will sign an order to suspend drilling for hydrocarbons in territories that are federal, protecting 30% of federal lands and waters by 2030. Biden, which during the campaign showed great interest in creating environmental protection policies, also announced the Climate Leaders Summit to be held on April 22.
While this order will not affect contracts that are already signed, the oil industry has shown its outrage. Mike Sommers, president of the American Petroleum Institute, stated that "restricting development on federal land and water is nothing more than a policy to 'import more oil.'
We’re in the midst of a climate emergency, and President Biden knows we have no time to lose. Today, he’s taking action to address the climate crisis, create good-paying union jobs, and build an equitable clean energy future. https://t.co/IhdZMfh2uo— The White House (@WhiteHouse) January 27, 2021
This is how the 2021 International Climate Adaptation Summit was lived
On January 25 and 26, the 2021 International Climate Adaptation Summit (CAS) was held, organized by the Netherlands. This was carried out virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic and aimed to bring together world leaders and local actors to discuss some solutions for the climate emergency caused by COVID-19. Among the participants were German Chancellor Angela Merkel, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, French President Emmanuel Macron and the US President's special envoy for climate, John Kerry.
This also helped to maintain momentum for the UN Conference on Climate Change (COP26), to be held in the United Kingdom in November this year.
El 25 de enero, líderes, empresarios y científicos se reúnen en la Cumbre de Adaptación Climática.— Programa ONU Medio Ambiente (@unep_espanol) January 21, 2021
72% de los países ya cuentan con un plan de adaptación, pero hace falta más acción para aumentar la resiliencia en el terreno.
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World Day for the reduction of CO2 emissions
Last Thursday, January 28, the World Day for the Reduction of CO2 Emissions was celebrated. This celebration was created by the United Nations (UN) in order to raise awareness about the causes and consequences of CO2 emissions that generate greenhouse gases and produce global warming. This date seeks to encourage governments and large industries to increase their commitment to reduce emissions, the development of renewable energies, the use of cleaner fuels, among others.
In the case of the European Union (EU), the institution that has so far shown the most commitment to the fight against climate change, the climate objective of reducing emissions by 2030 was increased from 40% to 55%, with respect to 1990 levels, making an investment of approximately 38,000 million euros per year until 2030.
Todas las personas podemos contribuir con pequeñas acciones para disminuir la cantidad de gases con efecto invernadero . Este #28deEnero estaremos conmemorando el Día Mundial por la Reducción de las Emisiones de CO2. Somos Unidad Ambiental de la @AsambleaSV pic.twitter.com/yqYpZZVqE1— Unidad Ambiental AL (@AlUnidad) January 22, 2021