The U.S. has not been the most optimistic about the prospects for the U.N. climate change talks in Warsaw.
But in the face of a record-breaking summer heatwave, a record number of deaths and an unprecedented increase in tropical storm-related deaths, the U,S.
and other industrialized nations are finally starting to look more optimistic about what is at stake.
A U.K.-based climate activist said in an interview Tuesday that the U., Canada and Australia have “all been really pushing hard” to get to a deal in Paris, despite the odds.
Canada, the world’s largest greenhouse gas emitter, said it will spend $10 billion on climate-related projects this year, more than twice the $3.6 billion it was spending in 2014.
U.S., which is the largest polluter in the world, has said it is ready to negotiate a “grand bargain” for the United Nations climate talks.
The U.s. is pushing hard to push through a deal, said a senior U. S. official who asked not to be identified.
And we are not ready to talk to them about not prepared, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity to speak candidly.
Canada and Australia both say they are ready for a Paris deal.
But U. Aussies Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who has led a government that has opposed a climate pact, has signaled he is unlikely to go down without a fight.
In the face to the U’s “not ready” comment, the Liberal government has vowed to spend $20 billion on “new technologies” to combat climate change, as well as new policies and programs.
Canada is also investing $10.3 billion to improve air quality, a move that could reduce air pollution from coal-fired power plants, which produce more carbon dioxide per unit of electricity than natural gas and nuclear power plants combined.
But that money has not gone toward reducing carbon emissions from burning fossil fuels or other polluting sources, the officials said.
A number of developing nations are struggling to adapt to climate change.
In South Africa, nearly 20% of the population has no access to a refrigerator or stove, according to the World Bank.
In Indonesia, the government has proposed cutting the number of refrigerators from 500,000 to 300,000, which would cause the deaths of 1.4 million people and require the closure of an estimated 8,000 schools.
In South Africa and Indonesia, climate change has driven many poor and marginalized communities to the margins of society, where they are vulnerable to drought and other weather-related stressors.
In Brazil, the World Health Organization estimates that more than 40% of people under age 15 in the country lack access to access to safe water, sanitation and healthcare.
The World Bank’s Climate Action Tracker shows that more and more countries are looking at climate change as a threat, and many are adopting more ambitious climate action plans.
“The World Health organization and the World Economic Forum are also working together to develop and launch new national climate action strategies, such as climate-driven innovation,” the bank said in a statement.
Canada has also been trying to develop policies that can address climate change and promote resilience.
A government spokeswoman said the federal government is also reviewing a new climate strategy.
Meanwhile, U.A. is working to build a network of small-scale, resilient solar farms that could offset some of the greenhouse gas emissions that the country’s coal-burning power plants are causing.