On the climate change conference in Katowice, Poland on the world community to adopt, actually a set of rules for the climate Treaty, a difficult task – after all, but the prelude seemed at least easy.

What a mistake.

It was a simple assessment of The climate report, the UN intergovernmental panel on climate change in October was released, it should be recognized, so it was on the agenda. The results of the climate reports are intended to serve as a basis for the negotiations.

This should not be a Problem, so it seemed, after all, the UN climate change conference itself had given the Report three years ago, in order to understand the consequences of a global warming of 1.5 degrees better. Result: Even such a low level of heating in the mountains of serious risks identified by the climate experts.

“taken note” of the climate report according to the Protocol of the conference. The formulation of sound, but many countries are too weak. The Report should be welcomed by the world community instead of””, they requested. It was the beginning of an escalation.

opposition of Saudi-Arabia

on the Basis of records of non-public negotiations, the MIRROR was able to reconstruct what happened in the plenary session of the climate conference at the weekend.

representatives of the Caribbean nation of St. Kitts put the matter officially on the agenda. In the plenary session of the climate conference in Katowice, numerous States spoke one after the other to welcome the climate report””.

Then, Saudi Arabia has stepped forward.

You welcome the power of science, – said the representative of the country with diplomatic wit. He wanted to Welcome any of the “Reports”, only the “Welcome to the power of the scientist.”

Three more countries joined: the United States, Russia, and Kuwait. “We appreciate the hard work of climate researchers”, – said the representative of the United States.

“What kind of Signal are we sending?”

the horror in the hall. If you could not even welcome the self-appointed climate report, on the policy, wanted to build – how could you then come forward with the difficult topics of the conference, asked delegates.

A representative of the Maldives, whose Islands are threatened by sea-level rise, asked excited to the plenary: “What kind of Signal we of the world not to send, when we welcome the best science, whose message is of the utmost urgency?”

Colombia threatened: Without an explicit greeting, there could be no agreement. “We can’t accept that we take the climate report just to note,” added Costa Rica.

“said The plenary is there a way opposites to show”, Saudi Arabia. You will not give in. “But we need to show the world that we understand the signals of the science,” protested the Maldives.

“” be Disappointed, said the EU in a plenary session. The topic was postponed.

harbinger of a crisis?

The escalation seems to show that The US and its allies are openly against the progress of the climate negotiations. US President, Donald Trump had already announced the withdrawal of his country from the climate Treaty, he must, however, respect the period of notice of three years.

Saudi Arabia and Kuwait hope as the oil States has always been a lax policy on CO2. Also Russia was always skeptical of the climate Treaty. Observers of the negotiations fear that the dispute over the word “welcome” was just the prelude to a larger crisis of the world-climate-Treaty.

a thank you to the science be the least I could do, says Christoph Bals, fighting for the environmental organization “German watch” for a long time for a strict climate agreement. Overdue, however, the commitment of the climate change conference was that it was based on the findings of the climate reports of the outlined risks of ongoing climate change.