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I can now offer you some extra particulars on Lula’s look at Sharm el Sheikh, because of the information wires. Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, Brazil’s president elect, has stated he desires the 2025 Cop summit to be held within the Amazon area, as he promised to struggle deforestation.

“I’m right here to say to all of you that Brazil is again on this planet,” Lula was quoted as saying by Agence-France Presse. “Brazil was not born to be an remoted nation.

“We’ll put up a really robust struggle in opposition to unlawful deforestation,” he stated.

Brazilian president-elect Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva delivers a speech during a discussion about the Amazon Forest at the COP27 climate conference.
Brazilian president-elect Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva delivers a speech throughout a dialogue concerning the Amazon Forest on the COP27 local weather convention. {Photograph}: Joseph Eid/AFP/Getty Photos

We noticed earlier the rapturous welcome given to Lula at Cop27. He’s on his first worldwide journey after defeating the far-right incumbent president, Jair Bolsonaro, who presided over years of rampant Amazon deforestation. Beneath Bolsonaro’s pro-agribusiness administration common annual deforestation elevated 75% in comparison with the earlier decade.

Lula, who spoke at an occasion alongside Amazon area governors, introduced the creation of a ministry of Indigenous folks, vowing to “take superb care” of the area’s communities.

Patrick Greenfield

Patrick Greenfield

The Past Oil and Fuel Alliance’s facet occasion is simply starting. Patrick Greenfield is on the scene. He writes:

The launch of the Past Oil and Fuel Alliance (BOGA) by Costa Rica and Denmark at Cop26 final yr attracted large media curiosity, with reporters packed into the press convention in Glasgow.

A yr on, momentum behind the group, which goals to plot the trail to the tip of oil and fuel, has been misplaced. The brand new Costa Rican president has distanced himself from the alliance’s goals and oil and fuel exploration has grown following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

At Cop27 at present, BOGA has grown by one other nation – Fiji – whereas Washington state within the US has joined. Portugal has upgraded its membership to a full a part of the alliance.

The Guardian understands that Denmark had been talking with different international locations about becoming a member of the alliance. Scottish first minister Nicola S stated she was nonetheless contemplating becoming a member of at Cop27 final week.

BOGA stated Sweden and Quebec have each handed laws banning oil and fuel extraction on their territories, whereas California has taken robust motion to guard communities from oil drilling. France is enacting laws to enshrine a ban on abroad public finance for fossil gas.

Danish Local weather Ambassador, Tomas Anker Christensen, stated: “We now have lengthy been conscious of the necessity to transfer away from fossil fuels to keep away from probably the most catastrophic impacts of local weather change. The affect of the Russian invasion and international power disaster has made that even clearer. It’s particularly necessary to help growing international locations in phasing out oil and fuel manufacturing and at present we take an necessary step.”

Lengthy-promised UK deposit scheme will take one other two years

Fiona Harvey

Fiona Harvey

A protracted mooted deposit return scheme within the UK won’t be in place for an additional two years, the UK setting secretary stated on Wednesday, writes Fiona Harvey, Guardian setting correspondent.

“It is going to be one other couple of years at the very least,” Thérèse Coffey instructed journalists at Cop27. “Scotland has not began theirs but. We’re getting on with our environmental targets and a marketing strategy and Elms. We’re coming as much as the fifth anniversary of the 25 yr setting plan.”

She stated the govt. was nonetheless funding zones and couldn’t say whether or not they would go forward with out environmental protections.

She stated she was “shocked” to seek out that the dept was not additional forward in setting out targets on air and water high quality below the setting act however stated these have been being labored on.

Brazilian president desires to carry a Cop within the Amazon

Lula has known as for a future Cop to happen within the Amazon. In a tweet, the Brazilian president says (in accordance with Twitter’s personal translation engine):

Let’s discuss to the secretary-general of the UN for the following op to be finished in Brazil, within the Amazon. I believe it is crucial that the individuals who defend the Amazon know the area and the concrete actuality.

Vamos falar com o secretário geral da ONU para que a próxima COP seja feita no Brasil, na Amazônia. Acho importante que as pessoas que defendem a Amazônia conheçam a região e a realidade concreta. #COP27

— Lula (@LulaOficial) November 16, 2022

The earliest alternative that an Amazon Cop might happen would most likely be 2025, with Dubai having already clinched Cop28.

Australia hoped for Cop29, however Anthony Albanese’s authorities has pushed again its bid – to be made along with Pacific international locations – to Cop31 in 2026 after recognising that it has little likelihood earlier than.

Beneath the UNFCCC’s rotational internet hosting system between 5 nation groupings, Cop29 is ready to be in jap Europe.

The Australian local weather change minister, Chris Bowen, instructed an occasion on Tuesday night time he anticipated Bulgaria to host Cop29 and Brazil to get Cop30. He stated the Australia/Pacific bid for Cop31 was being properly acquired.

Turkey additionally introduced a bid for Cop31 because it up to date its nationally decided contribution this week. The nationally decided contribution wasn’t notably properly acquired as it could result in emissions nonetheless rising till 2040.

[With thanks to Adam Morton, Guardian Australia’s environment and climate editor, for the details on forthcoming Cops]

Patrick Greenfield

Patrick Greenfield

As we’re ready for Lula to talk, now is an effective time to mirror on the 2 Brazils at Cop27, writes Patrick Greenfield.

There are two principal Brazilian pavilions. One is the official authorities stand, the place members of the outgoing Bolsonaro administration have been talking, full with disillusioned males in enterprise fits holding forth on industrial alternatives within the Amazon.

The opposite, the Brazil local weather motion hub, has been the bottom for politicians, scientists and civil society members near Lula’s incoming administration. There, the occasions are energetic: indigenous leaders and environmentalists discussing the safety of the Amazon and the dire penalties of not doing so. “Brazil is again” is the message there.

This was the response as Lula arrived earlier.

Funding for the international locations which are on the frontlines of the local weather disaster was presupposed to have been one of many large themes of this yr’s summit.

However the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) and different growing international locations have stated they’re gravely involved by the shortage of progress on funding for loss and harm.

The chair of AOSIS, Sir Molwyn Joseph, who’s Antigua and Barbuda’s setting minister, has accused some developed international locations of making an attempt to stall progress “and even worse, making an attempt to undermine small island states”. He stated:

We now have come too far to fail on loss and harm finance. Three-quarters of humanity is counting on a beneficial end result at COP27.

AOSIS and our fellow growing international locations have toiled for the previous thirty years to be heard on this situation. AOSIS has labored tirelessly this yr to construct consensus, devise a transparent loss and harm response fund proposal, and make sure the dedication of the worldwide group to come back to Cop27 and negotiate on this situation in good religion.

Now, we’re right here, and a few developed international locations are furiously making an attempt to stall progress and even worse, making an attempt to undermine small island growing states. So, not solely are they inflicting the worst impacts of the local weather disaster, they’re taking part in video games with us on this multilateral course of.

If different international locations proceed to forged apart small islands to serve the pursuits of the fossil gas business, they can’t anticipate our folks to swim in a stagnant pool. The tide has turned on loss and harm. Why do you proceed to show a deaf ear to the cries of our folks? Why do you proceed to name into query the very credibility of this course of?

Brazilian president Lula has arrived at Cop27

Patrick Greenfield

Patrick Greenfield

Lula has arrived!

Patrick Greenfield remains to be there taking within the scene. He writes:

There’s a giant roar from the gang as Lula arrives and information into a gathering room subsequent to the pavilion.

Chants of “Ole, ole, ole, ola, Lula, Lula!” restart. It’s unclear whether or not he’s going to handle the gang. I’ve not seen a lot pleasure at Cop27 to this point.

I’ve been instructed that Lula goes to talk alongside Amazon governors on the occasion.

Not all is grim at Cop. Enthusiastic crowds are awaiting the looks of the Brazillian president, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva – or Lula, as he’s extra popularly identified, at a facet occasion.

Our man Patrick Greenfield is amongst them and has posted a video of the second on Twitter. He writes:

The incoming Brazilian president shouldn’t be scheduled to formally deal with the local weather summit for one more six hours however Lula fever has arrived at Cop27.

I’m stood in a big crowd ready to listen to Lula converse at a facet occasion, who’re already singing his identify in anticipation. Senior diplomats, NGO heads and the world’s media are crowded around the occasion making an attempt to catch a glimpse of the Brazilian president elect when he arrives. Lula has pledged to intention for zero deforestation within the Amazon.

After the environmental destruction presided over by his instant predecessor, the rightwinger Jair Bolsonaro, there are large hopes Lula will act to guard Brazil’s setting, and the jewel in its crown, the Amazon rainforest.

However the man so many have pinned their hopes on has been embroiled in environmental controversy already this week, after he turned up at Egypt in a non-public jet.

Lula is way from the one Cop attendee to have arrived by way of personal aviation. Knowledge from FlightRadar confirmed 36 personal jets landed at Sharm el-Sheikh between 4 and 6 November, and 64 flew into Cairo, 24 of which had come from Sharm el-Sheikh.

Tuesday introduced the grim information of fears that some international locations have been backsliding on their local weather commitments, with the primary tentative drafts of selections from the summit exhibiting makes an attempt to unpick agreements and water down guarantees.

As we speak our staff will likely be carefully watching developments within the negotiations, particularly staying alive to the likelihood that excessive positions – resembling makes an attempt to scrap the purpose of limiting international warming to 1.5C – might have been superior as negotiating gambits, somewhat than severe makes an attempt to rewrite international targets.

This morning, a communique issued by the G20 group of industrialised nations, whose summit in Indonesia is going down in parallel with Cop27, reiterated their dedication to 1.5C.

Noting the IPCC assessments that the affect of local weather change will likely be a lot decrease at a temperature improve of 1.5C in contrast with 2C, we resolve to pursue efforts to restrict the temperature improve to 1.5C. This can require significant and efficient actions and dedication by all international locations …

The unequivocal G20 assertion comes after numerous leaked drafts from Cop27 confirmed potential reversals in varied areas. The central purpose of limiting international warming to 1.5C has been focused by India and China, who as a substitute wish to return to the Paris settlement purpose of an higher restrict of 2C.

One other draft confirmed proposals to halve commitments to finance local weather adaptation. You’ll be able to learn extra concerning the contentious drafts in our story from final night time.

Cop watchers are nonetheless reeling from the dramatic and at instances farcical scenes finally night time’s Russian Federation Cop27 occasion.

It was, Damian Carrington and Nina Lakhani report, and notable for 2 issues: the shouts of “battle criminals” and the whole absence of any dialogue of the nation’s oil and fuel manufacturing. The latter is regardless of Russia being the second largest oil and fuel producer on this planet, and carbon emissions from fossil fuels being the overwhelming explanation for the local weather disaster.

The occasion started with protesters repeatedly shouting “you’re battle criminals”, earlier than they have been swiftly faraway from the room. “The occasion is concerning the local weather agenda, not the political agenda,” the chair stated. Nonetheless, within the 75 minutes that adopted, the function of fossil fuels was not talked about by the six males who comprised the panel.

‘These are battle criminals’: Activist disrupts Russia’s first public assembly at Cop27 – video

Sergei Anoprienko, the deputy setting minister, spoke first concerning the financial harm being brought on by melting permafrost and about eliminating refuse landfill websites. Kirill Komarov, from the state-owned nuclear firm Rosatom, spoke at size about Russia’s nuclear energy capabilities. “The arguments in opposition to nuclear are fairly often colored politically and are emotional,” he stated, including {that a} floating nuclear energy plant in a distant peninsula had allowed “kids to see for the primary time that snow will be white”.

A scientific adviser to the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, talked about monitoring greenhouse gases and a particular breed of poplar tree that might take in extra carbon because it grew.

Additionally on the panel was Vyacheslav Fetisov, the UN Surroundings Programme’s goodwill ambassador for Russia, a deputy within the Russian Duma and a former ice hockey star, who spoke about the necessity to protect entry to water. He additionally railed in opposition to the sanctions imposed on Russia after it invaded Ukraine: “We’re able to cooperate however we’re hit with sanctions, which incorporates inexperienced and energy-saving expertise. I don’t perceive.”

Because the occasion turned to questions, the BBC’s local weather editor Justin Rowlatt approached the stage with a digital camera operator, asking: “Are you going to pay for the environmental harm you have got precipitated in Ukraine?” on account of the invasion, however was shortly faraway from the room.

BBC local weather editor eliminated after questioning Russian delegation on Ukraine at Cop27 – video

The ultimate query from the viewers was what Russia considered India’s proposal to incorporate the necessity to “section down all fossil fuels” in Cop27’s ultimate choice textual content, somewhat than simply “section down coal” as was within the Glasgow pact agreed at Cop26. This produced the gnomic response: “Coal remains to be alive, so allow us to wait.”

The panellists had described Russia as a “local weather accountable” nation. However the occasion supplied little proof of that.

Requested later why she had disrupted the occasion, the Ukrainian activist Svitlana Romanko, from Razom We Stand, stated: “I’m glad that I named evil by identify and I used to be in a position to inform them what all Ukrainians want to inform them in the event that they have been right here. You’re a terrorist state, you’re genociding, torturing and killing us every day for 9 months, your oil and fuel are killing us. You’re battle criminals, you need to not be right here however in worldwide court docket.”

Patrick Greenfield

Patrick Greenfield

Good morning from Sharm el-Sheikh the place it’s biodiversity day at Cop27. Right here is what to anticipate:

  • Incoming Brazilian president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva is on the town and he’ll deal with the summit at round 5pm native time (3pm GMT). The world will likely be particularly eager to listen to extra about his plan to attain zero deforestation within the Amazon. Yesterday, Lula met the US local weather envoy John Kerry and China’s chief local weather negotiator Xie Zhenhua, whereas these near the president-elect have been reassuring folks on the bottom in Egypt that halting rampant deforestation within the Amazon will likely be a precedence for his administration.

Earlier this week, Brazil, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Indonesia – the large three rainforest nations – introduced they have been forming an alliance to cooperate on their safety on the G20 in Bali. Confusingly, the settlement was signed on behalf of Brazil’s outgoing far-right president, Jair Bolsonaro, though Lula’s staff have additionally been in touch with the DRC and Indonesia. Pay attention out for extra element from Lula about how the three international locations will cooperate.

Nature is taking centre stage in Egypt at present simply three weeks earlier than the start of the biodiversity Cop15 in Montreal, Canada. In a single day, the architects of the Paris settlement have urged world leaders to succeed in an formidable sister deal for nature whereas warning 1.5C is inconceivable with out defending ecosystems. Count on extra on subsequent month’s nature summit all through the day.

Good morning, and welcome to the Guardian’s stay protection of the Cop27 local weather convention being held in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt.

Wednesday’s focus will likely be on biodiversity, and in a single day 4 of the principal architects of the Paris Settlement on local weather urged fellow leaders to give you an analogous deal for nature on the Cop15 convention which is able to happen in Canada in December.

“Leaders should safe a worldwide settlement for biodiversity which is as formidable, science-based and complete because the Paris settlement is for local weather change. Just like the Paris settlement, it should encourage international locations to pledge and in addition ratchet up their motion commensurate with the dimensions of the problem,” stated the assertion by Laurence Tubiana, Christiana Figueres, Laurent Fabius and Manuel Pulgar-Vidal.

You’ll be able to learn my colleague Patrick Greenfield’s report right here:

Elsewhere, at present will be the day we see a primary draft of the “cowl textual content” for the convention, which can give an thought of how a lot progress – or in any other case – has been made on the talks.

You may also atone for yesterday’s occasions right here.

I’m Damien Gayle, and you’ll ship me information ideas, questions or the rest at damien.gayle@theguardian.com, or on Twitter at @damiengayle.