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Climate crisis ‘sliding down agenda’, warns global energy watchdog

Sky News has learned that climate change is falling down the international agenda. This raises the risk that governments will slow down their pace in reducing greenhouse gases emissions.

Fatih Birol (executive director of International Energy Agency) spoke at the fringes of World Economic Forum in Davos. She said that the Swiss resort did not seem to have the urgency to stop global warming from reaching 1.5C.

He leads the organisation that works with countries all over the globe to develop energy policies that will ensure a secure, sustainable future.

However, Mr Birol stated that he felt climate change and its urgency were being pushed to the back burner.


“The energy crisis has a very significant impact – it is crucial.

“Food crisis is extremely important.

“But the climate crisis also is very important.

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“I don’t see the engagement and commitment from people that I have seen over the past few years… It’s not something we can forget, and it’s a real problem.”

Image: Climate activists met Fatih Birol in Davos. Pic: AP

These comments were made as climate protestors, such as Greta Thunberg, marched through Davos to urge investors not to invest in new fossil fuel projects.

The majority of WEF attendees had left the summit by Friday’s march. However, Ms Thunberg, along with others, met the previous day to discuss Mr Birol’s institution, which has stated that if the world wants to achieve net zero greenhouse gases emissions, it must stop any new oil- and gas exploration projects.

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The first forum winter meeting since 2020 was dominated by discussions about the global economy, and the Ukraine.

Although climate discussions were still prominent at the last meeting, they were much less so than in previous meetings.

“It’s either here or not”

Roberta Metsola (president of the European Parliament) argued that it was now up to her fellow politicians how to tackle the problem.

Sky News interviewed her: “We are not the last generation of politicians who can address this.”

“Previous ones didn’t. It’s now or never. It’s what our voters expect from us. It is what the younger generations expect from us. We can’t let them down if we don’t make the right decision.

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On Friday, the conference was over for four days.

Although it was smaller than previous years, it still attracted political leaders from all over the globe.

The UK was an exception, sending neither its chancellor nor prime minister for the first time in almost two decades.

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