There are many alarmed reactions from politicians and the climate world about the latest report from the UN climate panel IPCC.

The report shows that global warming this century could be much higher than the 1.5 degrees agreed in Paris.

There are also concerns about an acceleration of warming and rising sea levels.

"This makes it even more clear that we must strongly reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the coming decades," said outgoing State Secretary Dilan Yesilgöz (Economic Affairs and Climate) in a first response.

She calls on countries outside the EU to set stricter climate targets.

But the Netherlands also still has a lot to do.

In October, the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (PBL) warned that the Dutch target to emit 49 percent less greenhouse gases by 2030 compared to 1990 is in danger of not being achieved.

At the same time, this target will be raised in a European context in the coming period to a 55 percent reduction by 2030.

"There seems to be a gap. We will not achieve the 2030 target with our current agreements. That is one of the issues before us. For the caretaker cabinet, but also for the formation," said caretaker Prime Minister Mark Rutte.

The ministry is currently working out additional measures that will be sent to the House of Representatives this autumn at the latest.

Timmermans: Situation is 'immensely urgent'

Commissioner Frans Timmermans, who is in charge of climate policy, calls the fight against climate change "immensely urgent".

According to him, the whole world should join the fight and measures should be accelerated.

At the same time, it is not too late to prevent us from losing any grip on climate change, says Timmermans.

The second man from the European Commission has been warning for some time against despondency, the climate of which he believes has more to fear than skepticism.

At the next climate summit next autumn, the world will have to say that enough is enough, Timmermans tweets.

With #FitFor55, we've proposed measures across the economy towards #climateneutralEU.

But this is a global crisis: keeping 1.5 degrees within reach requires net zero emissions worldwide and faster rollout of policies to get there.

#COP26 must be where the world says 'enough'!


AuthorTimmermansEUMoment of places09: 21 - 9 August 2021

Johnson: Report is a 'wake-up call'

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson says the IPCC report is a "wake-up call" for the world.

He stressed in a statement that the next decade is crucial for the future of the planet.

The prime minister says it is clear which measures must be taken to combat climate change.

"Stop using coal and switch to clean energy sources. Protect nature."

He also advocated financial support for countries affected by global warming.

UN Secretary-General António Guterres calls the evidence that greenhouse gas emissions are suffocating our planet and endangering billions of people.

He emphasizes that we must act decisively now to prevent a climate catastrophe.

The evidence is irrefutable: greenhouse gas emissions are choking our planet & placing billions of people in danger.Global heating is affecting every region on Earth, with many of the changes becoming irreversible.We must act decisively now to avert a climate catastrophe.


AuthorantonioguterresMoment of places08: 29 - August 9, 2021

No surprise according to activist Greta Thunberg

According to the Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, the report contains no news.

"It only confirms what we have known for a long time from thousands of previous reports and studies."

Humanity has found itself in an emergency, according to the Swedish teenager.

She stated on social media that "it is now up to us to be brave and make decisions. We can avoid the worst consequences."

The new IPCC report contains no real surprises.

It confirms what we already know from thousands of previous studies and reports - that we are in an emergency.

It's a solid (but cautious) summary of the current best available science.



Author Greta ThunbergMoment of places08: 23 - 9 August 2021

It doesn't tell us what to do.

It is up to us to be brave and take decisions based on the scientific evidence provided in these reports.

We can still avoid the worst consequences, but not if we continue like today, and not without treating the crisis like a crisis.



Author Greta ThunbergMoment of places08: 23 - 9 August 2021

Greenpeace: 'Listen to this cry of despair'

Environmental organization Greenpeace believes that a new cabinet should decide in the coalition agreement to raise the climate target for the Netherlands.

“The latest report is crystal clear and gives a clear warning of what awaits us if we don't act quickly and decisively now. Now is the time to join hands and act. We need to get to this cry of despair from climate science listen," said Greenpeace.

Milieudefensie says in a response that the Netherlands can do much more to stop climate change.

"The Netherlands is a small country, but not when it comes to climate change. We are a global player in oil, coal, factory farming, capital and much more. But our climate policy is now only about what comes out of the chimneys and exhaust pipes in the Netherlands. coming," said the environmental club.

Vulnerable countries: We are dying because of your emissions

Mohamed Nasheed, former president of the Maldives archipelago, reports that vulnerable countries are the victims of rich countries.

"We pay with our lives for the carbon dioxide emitted by others," Nasheed said.

The former president acts as ambassador for the Climate Vulnerable Forum, which consists of 48 countries.

"Our people are dying in vulnerable developing countries because of the burning of fossil fuels for consumption and economic growth in rich countries," he said.

Nasheed called it very unfair that developing countries in particular are threatened by climate change.

The ambassador said he fears the consequences if it fails to limit global warming.

"Then small island states and vulnerable coastal countries will be engulfed by a 3-meter rise in sea level."

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