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LMP: Madrid Climate Talks Didn’t Go Far Enough

MTI-Hungary Today 2019.12.13.

Green opposition LMP co-leader Erzsébet Schmuck has criticised the recent United Nations climate change conference held in Madrid, saying that the talks had been conducted as if “nothing had changed” since the adoption of the 2015 Paris climate accords.

Schmuck, who also heads parliament’s sustainable development committee, told a press conference on Friday that climate change has sped up since December 2015, with numerous academic reports having pointed out that the goals laid out in the Paris agreement would not be enough to adequately address the problem.

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In spite of this, participants at the Madrid climate conference did not announce any new emission reduction targets, though a number of countries, especially the vulnerable oceanic island states, have been calling for them, she said.

Meanwhile, Schumck said the draft of the European Green Deal unveiled recently by European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen also raised questions. Several key issues, she said, like the necessary transformation of the agricultural sector, changes in transportation and the future of nuclear energy, were absent from the draft.

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LMP is calling for a future without nuclear energy, she said.

Schmuck also said it would be worth considering the elimination of the concept of emissions trade, arguing that it constituted the sale of pollution rights.

In the featured photo: LMP Leaders Erzsébet Schmuck (on the left) and János Kendernay. Photo by Márton Mónus/MTI