The Latest: Short on time, Merkel to fly to climate talks

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 01:25:39 AM. The Latest on the global climate talks taking place in Germany (all times local): 6 p.m. Chancellor Angela Merkel is going to fly across Germany on Wednesday to attend the global climate conference, a decision that runs counter to the event's emphasis on sustainable transportation. ...
The Latest on the global climate talks taking place in Germany (all times local): 6 p.m. Chancellor Angela Merkel is going to fly across Germany on Wednesday to attend the global climate conference, a decision that runs counter to the event's emphasis on sustainable transportation. The German government's own website for the talks in Bonn urges people to "avoid flights if there is a more environmentally friendly way of getting there" and notes "short flights are especially harmful to the environment." Merkel's office confirmed Tuesday to The Associated Press that she will make the 500-kilometer (311-mile) journey by plane, citing her need to attend negotiations in Berlin on forming a new government before and after the 11-minute speech in Bonn. Merkel's office said the German government funds environmental projects to compensate for carbon emissions from official travel. Environment minister Barbara Hendricks traveled to Bonn by train. ——— 3:50 p.m. Climate activists say a report showing oil use will continue to rise for over two decades is too pessimistic, but highlights the need for more action to combat climate change. The report released Tuesday by the International Energy Agency predicts oil demand will keep growing until 2040 even as the price of solar power falls. Reducing the use of fossil fuels is a key demand from activists and many governments taking part in the global climate talks in Bonn, Germany, this week. Lauri Myllyvirta, an energy analyst at Greenpeace,...Read more
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