Cop27 live updates: Joe Biden unveils $150m plan to help Africa adapt to climate change

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US president Joe Biden has announced a $150m plan to help African nations adapt to the climate emergency, in an address to the Cop27 climate talks in Egypt.

He pledged the US will meet its emissions target by 2030, saying the country was putting its money where its mouth is.

The climate emergency is about human security and economic security, he said, as he highlighted historic drought, wild fires, devastating storms, food insecurity and flooding, leaving people homeless.

The US was meeting the challenges with urgency, he said, and hailed the Inflation Reduction Act, which supports cleaner electricity and “climate-smart” agriculture.

His administration is ramping up efforts to reduce methane emissions, targeting the oil and gas industry.

In a joint announcement with the European Union, Mr Biden is announcing a crackdown on emissions of methane — a greenhouse gas more damaging than even carbon dioxide.

Scientists said today that global carbon dioxide emissions from burning fossil fuels are on track to rise around 1 per cent this year, warning this would make it harder for the world to avoid disastrous levels of climate change.

The president’s speech in Sharm el-Sheikh, where more than 28,000 delegates have gathered, will remind countries to stay focused on limiting global warming to 1.5C.

Cop27: Key points

  • Biden apologises for US exiting Paris deal under Donald Trump

  • Biden to unveil methane crackdown

  • Doctors from around globe stage climate talks protest

  • Halting destruction of ancient forests is key, writes Boris Johnson

Climate crisis is ‘existential threat to the planet’ Biden says

15:52 , Sam Rkaina

Mr Biden told Cop27 the global climate crisis posed an existential threat to the planet.

“The climate crisis is about human security, economic security, environmental security, national security, and the very life of the planet,” the US president said.

He assured delegates the United States was meeting the challenge with urgency.

Biden addressing  the summit (AP)
Biden addressing the summit (AP)

Joe Biden tells summit US will meet emissions target by 2030

15:50 , Jane Dalton

Joe Biden told the summit that that the US would meet its emissions target by 2030 to do the country’s part in averting the “climate hell” the UN secretary-general warned of earlier this week:

Joe Biden tells Cop27 climate summit ‘US will meet emissions target by 2030’

Biden apologises for US exiting Paris deal under Donald Trump

15:47 , Jane Dalton

US president Joe Biden has apologised to the Cop27 climate talks for the country having temporarily exited the Paris Agreement before he came to office.

Mr Biden warned delegates at the climate conference that the global climate crisis poses an existential threat to the planet.

“The climate crisis is about human security, economic security, environmental security, national security, and the very life of the planet,” he said.

He assured delegates the United States was meeting the challenge with urgency, before protesters briefly interrupted his speech with shouts.

His speech was intended to remind government representatives gathered in Sharm el-Sheikh to keep alive a goal to avert the worst impacts of planetary warming.

African oil pipeline sparks protests

14:43 , Jane Dalton

East Africans demonstrated against a pipeline being built to take oil from a national park in Uganda more than 870 miles to a port in Tanzania for export.

The project will produce vast amounts of carbon dioxide, analysis has shown - more than 25 times the combined annual emissions of Uganda and Tanzania.

Demonstrators protest against pipelines in East Africa (AP)
Demonstrators protest against pipelines in East Africa (AP)
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Biden and Egyptian leader hold talks

14:34 , Jane Dalton

US president Joe Biden has arrived in Egypt with a giant domestic investment in tow — and he’s likely to face questions about how far the US will go to pull other large greenhouse gas emitters along.

His attendance at the UN climate conference in Sharm el-Sheikh is the first stop on an around-the-world trip that will also take him to a meeting of Southeast Asian leaders in Cambodia and a Group of 20 summit meeting for leaders of the world’s largest economies in Bali, Indonesia.

He praised Egypt for speaking up strongly on the war in Ukraine as he met Egyptian president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

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Boris Johnson: Halting destruction of ancient forests is key

13:36 , Jane Dalton

“Destroying the world’s tropical forests is literally criminal: illegal crops, illegal mining, illegal cattle ranching and illegal palm oil plantations.”

It is time to review our legislation so that these crimes face proper sanctions, write Boris Johnson and Iván Duque for The Independent:

This could be the answer to the climate crisis | Boris Johnson and Iván Duque

Nancy Pelosi mobbed by photographers

13:22 , Jane Dalton

In case you missed it: US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was mobbed by crowds at the Cop27 global climate summit on Thursday despite being surrounded by heavy security in Sharm el-Sheikh. The trip is her first major overseas visit since the hammer attack on her husband Paul Pelosi at the couple’s home in San Francisco:

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‘We don’t want to be refugees’: Antigua PM calls for US payouts

12:51 , Jane Dalton

Antigua and Barbuda’s Prime Minister has accused the United States of “subterfuge” in its approach to climate compensation for vulnerable countries.

“We don’t want to be climate refugees in anybody’s country. We want to maintain our civilisations that have existed for hundreds of years,” Gaston Browne, chair of the Alliance of Small Island States said. Exclusive by Louise Boyle:

Antigua & Barbuda PM calls on US to pay climate compensation

Doctors lie on ground at climate talks protest

12:41 , Jane Dalton

Hundreds of activists have protested at the Cop27 summit in Sharm el-Sheikh, calling for “climate justice” and finance for vulnerable countries.

They included groups of doctors, nurses, pharmacists, scientists and medical students from around the world, who aimed to highlight how the climate crisis is killing people.

One doctor “performed CPR” on an inflatable globe as others made speeches, then “collapsed” on the floor of a conference centre.

The activists included people from China, the Democratic Republic of Congo, India, Uganda, Switzerland, Poland, Morocco, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, America and the Netherlands, as well as the UK.

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12:29 , Jane Dalton

Joe Biden is preparing to address world leaders at the key Cop27 climate negotiations, where he will attempt to showcase US leadership on climate issues.

Among announcements likely timed for his arrival, the United States and the European Union plan to make a joint announcement pledging to crack down on methane emissions from the oil and gas sector.

Washington and Brussels already have proposals to do this, but the declaration is meant to encourage other countries to do the same, building on the Global Methane Pledge to slash methane emissions by 30 per cent this decade.

However, President Biden has pressed energy producers for more oil drilling to lower petrol prices for consumers following Russia’s war on Ukraine.Mr Biden is set to announce a rule cracking down on emissions of methane — a greenhouse gas that contributes even more to global warming than carbon dioxide — at the summit.

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