Cop26 failure could mean mass migration and food shortages, says Boris Johnson


    Cop26 failure could mean mass migration and food shortages, says Boris Johnson


    Cop26 failure could mean mass migration and food shortages, says Boris Johnson

    Ahead of G20 meeting, PM warns of ‘difficult geopolitical events’ echoing those that ended Roman empire

    Boris Johnson on a visit to the Colosseum during the G20 summit in Rome, Italy.

    “Unless you can make sure next week at Cop in Glasgow that we keep alive this prospect of restricting the growth in the temperature of the planet then we really face a real problem for humanity.”

    Johnson has faced criticism this week for his own inaction over tackling emissions, with Wednesday’s autumn budget again froze fuel duty, and cut levies on shorter, domestic flights, but he arrived in Rome bearing a blunt message for fellow G20 leaders.

    “Too many countries are still doing too little,” the prime minister’s spokesperson said, setting out the message that will be delivered.

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    “As the countries with the greatest historic and modern contributions to global warming, who have built their economies on the backs of burning dirty fossil fuels, the G20 holds the key to unlocking global action and making the progress we so badly need to live up to our commitments.”

    Asked on Saturday whether the cut to passenger duty had undermined his message, Johnson rejected this.

    “We increased air passenger duty for long-haul flights, 96% of CO2 emissions come from long haul flights,” he told Channel 4 News. “What we will do is ensuring we have proper connectivity in the islands of the United Kingdom, which is an entirely sensible thing to do.”

    In Rome, Johnson will hold bilateral talks with Scott Morrison, the Australian prime minister, whose own record on reducing emissions has been heavily criticised, as well as Canada’s Justin Trudeau and Italy’s Mario Draghi.

    Johnson is not due to hold a one-on-one meeting with Joe Biden, the US president, who will be at the G20 and Cop26, although the pair will attend a meeting in Rome about the Iran nuclear deal.

    Also attending this meeting will be the French president, Emmanuel Macron, and the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, who is expected to bring along her likely successor, Olaf Scholz, currently the finance minister.


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