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"We spend €1.8 trillion per year subsidising what is killing us - the fossil fuel industry."

Speaking at COP27 yesterday, former president Mrs Robinson, Chair of the UN Elders, said things are not improving and it is really important that governments start to take seriously their responsibility to halve carbon emissions by 2030.

Mrs. Robinson said she is worried that there appears to be an attempt by some countries at the summit to say that limiting the rise in global temperatures to 1.5 degrees Celsius is not achievable any more, and are arguing to have it dropped as a target.

World governments agreed in 2015 during a UN summit in France to try to limit the average global temperature increase to 1.5C, a deal dubbed the Paris Agreement that was seen as a breakthrough in international climate ambition.

Mrs Robinson said it is alarming that there are so many representatives of the fossil fuel lobby at this COP, far more than in Glasgow last year, and that governments are not changing course because of the pressure they are applying and because of the short-term horizon of politicians. She said it is ridiculous that "we spend €1.8 trillion per year subsidising what is killing us - the fossil fuel industry".

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