Med countries need to lead the way in combating climate change, Greek Prime Minister Taros Bertagliotis said during the meeting, warning that the costs of doing “nothing” are inconceivable because humanity may need to fight for survival beyond the turn of the century.
The UN Conference on Climate Change, which is to start in Glasgow on 31 October, aims to wrest the far more ambitious climate measures and associated money from countries around the world.
The World Meteorological Organization (World Meteorological Organization), a UN agency, has found that in the last 50 years, the number of catastrophic events caused by climate change has increased fivefold, with more than 2 million people killed and total losses amounting to $3.64 trillion.
Greece, Turkey, Cyprus and Spain have been swept by wildfires and recordable temperatures this summer and scientists warned that the region has become a “wildfire hotspot”
Coastal erosion from rising sea levels was another challenge directly threatening tourism, a sector of special relevant importance to Greece.
A United Nations panel on climate change has warned that deadly heat waves, powerful hurricanes and other freak weather are only getting fiercer.
As well as the fight against climate change, migration, Turkey and Afghanistan also featured at the summit.
The Greek authorities have also gone “super-active” when it comes to putting up flood barriers in forests destroyed by fires this summer.