Climate control

15 Jan 20

The world’s biggest countries have upped their aid contributions for tackling climate change, but a move away from ‘reactive’ initiatives and greater transparency on where aid is spent are needed to make a genuine difference.

Fires that swept through the Amazon rainforest this summer catapulted environmental and climate change issues into the public consciousness and up the political agenda. French president Emmanuel Macron tweeted “our house is burning” and called for the fires to be discussed at that weekend’s meeting of the G7. The G7 responded by offering Brazil £18m to fight the fires, addressing concerns that they could hasten global warming – releasing carbon dioxide into the environment and reducing the rainforest’s ability to pull carbon out of the atmosphere.

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