IATP is part of the Climate Land Ambition and Rights Alliance (CLARA). This year, IATP participated in CLARA’s Net Zero Files and in remote support of CLARA members in Glasgow at COP26, including on the Article 6 negotiations.
The following article was originally published on IPS News on November 9, 2021.
As world leaders wrap up the U.N. Climate Summit in Glasgow, new scientific research shows that there is still a great deal of magical thinking about the contribution of fertilizer to global warming.
The unfolding climate catastrophe is front and center at the U.N. climate talks, where governments will make promises to reduce emissions, some sooner than others, with some of those promises more convincing than others.
The rising costs of synthetic nitrogen (N) fertilisers, triggered by a spike in natural gas prices, has governments panicking about a catastrophic global food crisis. At the same time, new research shows that synthetic N fertilisers are a major driver of the climate crisis, responsible for 1 out every 40 tonnes of GHGs currently pumped into the atmosphere.
One of the most vexing issues in international climate debates is how to balance each country’s ambitions and responsibility. Clearly, all nations need to pull out all the stops to reverse the deepening climate crisis.
MINNEAPOLIS/BERLIN—On the eve of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of the Parties (COP26), the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) urges the United States and other governments to commit to major reductions in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, rather than weak 2050 “net zero” commitments.