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COP26: Coal compromise as leaders near climate deal

COP26: Coal compromise as leaders near climate deal

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Getty ImagesA draft agreement at the COP26 climate summit has watered down commitments to end the use of coal and other fossil fuels, as countries race to reach a deal after two weeks of talks. While the language around fossil fuels has been softened, the inclusion of the commitment in a final deal would be seen as a landmark moment.A deal must be agreed by the end of the summit, which is in its final hours.The UN meeting is seen as crucial for limiting the effects of global warming.The draft agreement, which was published early on Friday following all-night talks, also asks for much tighter deadlines for governments to reveal their plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. And it also strengthens support for poorer countries fighting climate change.Negotiations over a final deal could str...
COP26: ‘Moment of truth’ as world meets for climate summit

COP26: ‘Moment of truth’ as world meets for climate summit

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Getty ImagesThe highly anticipated COP26 climate change summit begins later in the Scottish city of Glasgow.Delegates from about 200 countries will be there to announce how they will cut emissions by 2030 and help the planet. With the world warming because of fossil fuel emissions caused by humans, scientists warn that urgent action is needed to avoid a climate catastrophe.UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the summit will be the "world's moment of truth".Speaking before the two-week conference, he urged leaders to make the most of it: "The question everyone is asking is whether we seize this moment or let it slip away."Simple guide to climate changeWhy the COP26 climate summit is importantLatest as pivotal climate change summit beginsCOP26 President Alok Sharma said agreement would be "...
Climate Change: Don’t sideline plastic problem, nations urged

Climate Change: Don’t sideline plastic problem, nations urged

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Getty ImagesScientists are warning politicians immersed in climate change policy not to forget that the world is also in the midst of a plastic waste crisis. They fear that so much energy is being expended on emissions policy that tackling plastic pollution will be sidelined. A paper from the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) and Bangor University says plastic pollution and climate change are not separate.It says the issues are actually intertwined - and each makes the other worse. Manufacturing plastic items adds to greenhouse gas emissions, while extreme weather such as floods and typhoons associated with a heating planet will disperse and worsen plastic pollution in the sea.The researchers highlight that marine species and ecosystems, such as coral reefs, are taking a double hit from...
Climate change: Whisper it cautiously… there’s been progress in run up to COP26

Climate change: Whisper it cautiously… there’s been progress in run up to COP26

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ReutersWith just five weeks left until world leaders gather in Glasgow for a critical climate summit, the BBC's Matt McGrath and Roger Harrabin consider progress made at this week's UN gathering and the outstanding issues that remain.Climate change was the dominant theme at this year's UN General Assembly (UNGA) as countries recognised the seriousness of the global situation. All across the planet, the hallmarks of rising temperatures are being keenly felt with intense wildfires, storms and floods taking place on scales rarely seen.World on course to heat up to dangerous levelsWorld now sees twice as many days over 50CWildlife and plant species decline 'a crisis'Against this backdrop, Boris Johnson told the UN it was "time to grow up" on the climate issue. The prime minister fought to brin...
U.N.: Fixing climate, biodiversity and land degradation will cost $8.1 trillion

U.N.: Fixing climate, biodiversity and land degradation will cost $8.1 trillion

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May 27 (UPI) -- Planet Earth is in desperate need of funding, according to the United Nations. According to a new report -- published Thursday by the U.N. Environment Program and the World Economic Forum -- an $ 8.1 trillion investment in nature is required to solve the planet's compounding climate, biodiversity and land degradation crises. Advertisement To curb climate change, reduce biodiversity losses and heal the planet's degraded habitat, scientists suggest annual funding for nature-based solutions will need to reach $ 536 billion by 2050, a four-fold increase over current expenditures. The authors of the new report suggest one of the most effective ways to invest in nature is to redirect capital flows away from fossil fuels -- by ending oil and gas subsidies, for example -- and towa...