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Paris climate change summit: Rajoy reveals Spain's progress
SPAIN'S president Mariano Rajoy has pledged to offer more help in the fight against global warming.
Today (Monday), the PP leader will present Spain's progress in battling against climate change during the current global warming summit in Paris, which will run until December 11.
Rajoy will be one of nearly 150 heads of State and government attending the United Nations Climate Change conference, or COP21, which is going ahead as planned with extra security measures despite the heightened terrorism risk in the French capital.
Rajoy is due to travel to Paris today from Brussels, where he stayed the night after taking part in the EU-Turkey summit to discuss joint operations in light of the refugee crisis.
The Paris conference is seeking a multinational attack on global warming ahead of the year 2020, by which time certain commitments by world leaders to protect the environment are expected to be in place.
Spain's own ambitious promises include drastically cutting emissions by 40% by the year 2030 on readings from the year 1990; reducing the number of older cars on the roads, increasing energy-saving measures in public and private buildings, and financing specific emission-limiting projects.
The country will also be part of an international team financing similar initiatives in developing nations.
So far during Rajoy's term of office, the Spanish State has contributed €1.4 billion to the cause.
Spain's secretary of State for the environment, Pablo Saavedra says Spain has 'done its homework' in terms of complying with the Kyoto Protocol, having met the first phase of anti-climate change targets set for the year 2012 – reducing emissions from 1990 until that date by 15% - and is 'on course' to meet the second target, a 10% reduction between 2012 and 2020.
This is in spite of emissions in Spain having increased by 1% since 2014.
Global warming: the consequences
Experts say the earth cannot increase in temperature by more than 2ºC by the year 2100, or it will literally go into meltdown.
More floods and freak storms, far more intense in nature, will occur and certain species of wild animal will become extinct – including the brown bear, native to the region of Cantabria in northern Spain but still very rare – whilst droughts will devastate the third world.
Rising water temperatures mean fish and other sea life will literally boil alive and die out, and hundreds of species of crops will be unable to flourish, including grapes, which will mean the end of the wine industry.
Glaciers and ibones – Pyrénéen ice lakes – will melt and the sea will swallow up large chunks of coastal towns, plus a year-round Mediterranean climate in northern Europe will ruin the summer tourism industry for the south.
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